COMMENT By Will Butcher
Rafa Benitez should forget about signing West Ham goalkeeper Adrian this summer and instead rival Crystal Palace in their reported pursuit of PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet.
The Daily Mail claims Newcastle are currently interested in 30-year-old Spaniard Adrian, but Crystal Palace are also keen to sign the former Real Betis goalkeeper.
However, it is said that Palace manager Frank de Boer has identified nine-time Holland international Zoet as a target, with the Toon more likely to sign Adrian.
Newcastle can use Karl Darlow as a makeweight and that is believed to interest the Hammers more than selling him for just a fee, which has seen Palace eye up Zoet.
The Toon are in desperate need for a proven goalkeeper after missing out on Willy Caballero who has since joined Chelsea, while a move for Pepe Reina seems dead in the water.
Benitez would be better served to drop his interest in Adrian altogether and instead look to sign Zoet, who was part of the PSV side that have already been knocked out of the Europa League.
Adrian was prone to errors last season, which saw Slaven Bilic chop and change between him and Ireland international Darren Randolph, who has since joined Middlesbrough.
Unable to get into the side, Newcastle should forget about signing Adrian and instead look to bring Zoet to Tyneside as they look to stave off the threat of relegation.
Known for his impressive shot-stopping and desire to claim the ball from dead-ball situations, the PSV academy product has risen through the ranks to be an integral part of the side.
It remains to be seen how much PSV would charge for 26-year-old with two years still to run on his current contract, but it is without doubt that he would prove a better alternative than the Toon’s current options.
Darlow showed a proneness to errors last season, while Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are just returning from long-term knee injuries. Freddie Woodman is expected to join Matz Sels in leaving the club on loan.
With that in mind, a goalkeeper like Zoet would prove pivotal in Newcastle’s battle to survive the drop come May 2018, with summer spending expected to continue in the north east.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Toon should also sign this striker to provide back-up to Dwight Gayle.