With four goalkeepers under their books, Newcastle look set for the season in terms of players who can protect the net. However, reports claim the Magpies could be offloading a couple to make way for Udinese shot-stopper Orestis Karnezis.
According to Italian media source Calcio Napoli, the Udinese goalkeeper and Greek international is in a three way fight with Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Watford after Serie A side Napoli dropped all interest in the experienced 32-year-old.
Agent Vasileios Panagiotakis: "Orestis Karnezis will play in England for one from Watford, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace." pic.twitter.com/3fySrgxNNS— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 15, 2017
With the Ciucciarelli currently keeping the faith in former Liverpool number one Pepe Reina, his agent Vasileios Panagiotakis has now claimed that a move for his client to the Premier League could happen.
“Karnezis will play in England for one from Watford, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. The Napoli option is now definitively off the table," stated Panagiotakis.
As the Magpies currently consider Rob Elliot as their man between the sticks, while the future of Dutch international and long-time servant Tim Krul hangs in the balance, their seems to be little room for Spanish boss Rafa Benitez to manouvere in the transfer market.
Nevertheless, a reliable shot stopper like Karnezis who has spent a large spell of his career in his native Greece with Panathinaikos could make the move to Newcastle and provide further competition for places, as rumours suggest third choice Karl Darlow and fourth option Matz Sels could leave.
Watford are also in the hunt for the 6 ft 3 goalkeeper as a solid back up to Heurelho Gomes, who created uncertainty in the Premier League opening weekend against Liverpool. Crystal Palace are also mooted as a possible destination after they allowed French shot-stopper Steve Mandanda to return to Ligue 1 with Marseille.