Newcastle consider late swoop for 68-times capped international from PL rivals - reliable journalist
By Danny Wright
Newcastle are planning a late summer swoop for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, according to a reliable journalist.
Lee Ryder, chief sports writer of the Newcastle Chronicle, reported on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that the Magpies are still looking for a new goalkeeper at this late stage of the summer transfer window and Hennessey, 30, is on Rafa Benitez’s radar.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 28, 2017
Newcastle have been linked with a whole host of shot-stoppers since last season ended but have so far been unable to to land one with Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Tim Krul all still on the books at St. James’ Park.
Hennessey is Crystal Palace’s No 1 goalkeeper and may not be an easy target to acquire with Newcastle’s Premier League rivals moving on Steve Mandanda this summer without him being replaced.
The 68-times Wales international, formerly of Wolves, signed for Palace in 2014 and has made 80 appearances across all competitions.
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Transfermarkt claims that he is in the final year of his contract at Selhurst Park.
Football Insider Verdict
One thing that was planing obvious that Newcastle were going to do this summer was panic buy – and a swoop for Hennessey would confirm that. Benitez has wasted a lot of time pursuing a goalkeeper this summer, mainly because he doesn’t really need one. Elliot, Krul and Darlow are all good options, as well as youngster Freddie Woodman. You can also make a case for all four of them actually being better than Hennessey, who is way out of his depth in the Premier League and is a large part of why the Eagles have shipped six goals in their first three league fixtures. This is an absolute no-go for the Tynesiders, who should focus on getting in a new striker above everything else.
In other Newcastle news, this St. James’ Park flop has sealed his exit and signed for one of Europe’s title favourites.