By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle could use goalkeeper Karl Darlow in an exchange deal with West Ham for Spaniard Adrian, according to a report.
The Chronicle have claimed on their website that the Hammers are interested in taking the 26-year-old Magpies player as part of a possible exchange deal which would see Adrian move up to the north east.
The east Londoners have recently sold Darren Randolph to Middlesbrough in a £5million deal, leaving them with Joe Hart and Adrian in the senior goalkeeper ranks.
However, it is also believed that West Ham will sign a replacement for the 30-year-old if he departs Slaven Bilic’s side this summer.
Now, Darlow could be the name the Hammers want with the Chronicle reporting that Rafa Benitez has identified Adrian as someone who can challenge the number one shirt next season.
It is also said that the Magpies “could” be about to re-enter talks with West Ham over the experienced stopper, which could also bring the end to Darlow’s three-year career with Newcastle.
Football Insider verdict:
It has been clear throughout the summer that Darlow’s days at Newcastle are numbered following his role in the club’s Championship winning campaign last season. Now, his final contribution for the Magpies could be playing a part which would see Adrian move up to the north east. There have been question marks over the Spanish stopper in the past year at West Ham and he even lost the number one shirt to Darren Randolph last season. However, Benitez obviously thinks that he can help Adrian recapture past form and it is a certainty that Newcastle need a new goalkeeper if they are to survive this summer.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Benitez has confirmed the club are close to their fifth summer signing.