By Danny Wright
Newcastle are not interested in signing free agent Lukas Raeder, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claimed in their liver transfer blog on Tuesday [10:17am] that the Magpies are not prepared to enter the race for the 23-year-old goalkeeper.
The Daily Mail had reported that the former Bayern Munich ‘keeper was being eyed up by Newcastle and German giants Borussia Dortmund after he failed to earn a permanent deal at Southampton following a trial.
However in a major development, that doesn’t appear to be the case, with the Chronicle reporting that Raeder’s representatives have offered him out to other teams in the Premier League, including the Tynesiders, who are pursuing other targets instead.
It is understood that West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is still on Benitez’s shortlist as he looks for a new goalkeeper ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
Raeder was released by Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal earlier this summer after he failed to earn a single appearance for them last term.
He signed for Vitoria in 2015 after a stint with Bayern, where he only managed to earn just three first-team appearances across all competitions in two years.
Football Insider Verdict
This is no doubt good news for Newcastle fans, because Raeder was simply not needed at St. James’ Park with Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Tim Krul and even youngster Freddie Woodman on the books. Although the German is a free agent, it would have been a waste of time signing someone who has such little first-team experience when at the age of 23, Raeder should have been getting some football at Vitoria Setubal. Newcastle have had a poor summer so far and have barely made any improvements to the squad. Florian Lejeune and Jacob Murphy are perhaps the only two players that are a cut above the existing players, so Benitez needs to kick on in the transfer market and demand that Mike Ashley shows him the money that he was promised.