By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United have made an offer to sign Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis this summer, according to a report.
Tutto Mercato Web claims that the Serie A side were expecting a bid from league rivals Napoli but the Magpies are the ones to place an offer for the 32-year-old.
This follows up from the story in TuttoUdinese which reported that the Magpies were in the hunt to sign to shot-stopper with an offer around £8.5million expected to seal the deal.
The Italian news outlet reports that the goalkeeper is interested in a move to Naples this summer but a potential deal depends on the future of Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, who is also Napoli’s transfer list.
Sociedad president Jokin Apperribay was recently quoted in the Spanish newspaper Diario Vasco as stating that the Italian side have not made an official for Rulli this summer.
Karnezis has spent three seasons with Udinese, making over 100 appearances for the club in the process.
The goalkeeper has also proven himself on the international scene, featuring in over 40 matches for the Greece national team.
Karnezis currently has two years remaining on his contract with the Serie A team.
Football insider verdict
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez appears adamant to bring in an experienced goalkeeper ahead of the new Premier League season. Reports had suggested that the Spaniard attempted to lure the likes of Joe Hart, Willy Caballero and Pepe Reina to St James’ Park but none of the deals went through. Karnezis has proved himself to be a consistent goalkeeper in Italy and he also has experience playing in the Champions League for Greek side Panathinaikos. With Karl Darlow being allowed to move and number one choice Rob Elliot coming back from a long-term injury, Karnezis might be a reliable and potentially cheap option in this transfer window.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Ligue 1 side Metz remain optimistic about the prospect of signing this Newcastle centre-forward.