By Harvey Byrne
Manager Rafa Benitez is considering a move for Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, according to a report.
The Times has claimed that the north east giants are eyeing the 35-year-old as a cheaper alternative to Pepe Reina with Caballero’s contract expiring with City at the end of the month.
It is detailed that the Magpies are chasing a goalkeeper this summer, but are unwilling to pay a hefty fee for Reina, who is still contracted to Napoli until the summer of 2018.
It is also stated that Benitez will have limited funds to work with this summer and this could force the Spanish boss into picking up Caballero, who will be available on a free transfer deal this summer.
The veteran stopper made the move to Manchester City in the summer of 2014 in a deal worth £6million from La Liga side Malaga.
He has since struggled for a consistent run as the side’s number one goalkeeper and in three years he has played in just 48 matches, conceding 55 goals alongside keeping 16 clean sheets.
Of those appearances only 23 have came in the Premier League, but he would add some valuable experience to the Newcastle team.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite being available on a free transfer Caballero is unlikely to be the goalkeeper that will help keep Newcastle in the Premier League. On the rare occasion that the Argentine has featured for City he has looked questionable at best and certainly doesn’t look ready to step in between the sticks for a top-flight club. Now, Newcastle already have Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Matz Sels in their goalkeeper ranks meaning that the club must now look for a guaranteed number one and that quite simply is not Caballero, who could go either way.
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