By Danny Wright
Newcastle are battling European giants Borussia Dortmund for the signature of goalkeeper Lukas Raeder, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the 23-year-old free agent has been training with Southampton following his release from Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal, but he hasn’t been able to agree terms to join the south coast side on a permanent basis.
It is understood that Newcastle’s Premier League rivals Southampton had considered offering Raeder a deal in order to provide competition to Fraser Forster.
The German goalkeeper failed to earn a single appearance for Vitoria last season ahead of his release.
He signed for the Portuguese top-flight side in 2014 following a two-year spell at Bayern Munich, which saw him earn just three first-team appearances across all competitions.
The Daily Mail adds that Newcastle are still keen on stealing Adrian away from West Ham this summer and will consider offering Karl Darlow to ease through a deal.
Rafa Benitez has been in search for a new goalkeeper since the end of last season, but he still has Darlow, Rob Elliot and Tim Krul vying for the No 1 spot for the Premier League opener against Tottenham this weekend.
Football Insider Verdict
It looks as though Benitez still hasn’t given up in his hope to sign a new goalkeeper this summer, however Raeder looks like one he should avoid, even if he is a free agent. There’s no way Benitez should be considering making the German his No 1 choice for this season given the amount of game time he’s had in recent years. The former Bayern Munich stopper doesn’t offer any signs that he is better than the likes of Krul, Elliot or even Darlow. If the Magpies want Raeder to provide competition then that is also a bit of a pointless task, considering the amount of players that are already in the position. Benitez has been frustrated by the lack of signings this summer, but if a deal goes through for Raeder it will look like he has panic-bought a ‘keeper.