According to The Chronicle this morning, Rafa Benitez is set to step up his attempts to sign a new goalkeeper, with Newcastle set to enter talks to sign West Ham’s Adrian – in a deal that could see Karl Darlow go the other way.
We now appear to have picked up the pace in our recruitment drive, with Dortmund’s Mikel Merino set to become Benitez’s fifth summer. A goalkeeper and striker are expected to follow by all accounts and it appears Adrian is back on Rafa’s radar.
The Chronicle also claim that sources in London are suggesting that the Hammers are interested in taking Karl Darlow – who was left out of last night’s squad for Bradford – as part of a possible exchange deal.
Adrian has made over 100 Premier League appearance for West Ham, however his future has been cast into doubt following the arrival of England number one Joe Hart.
The 30-year old would bring experience and character to the United dressing room, but his recent displays have been a cause for concern. A very capable goalkeeper, but one who has an error in him according to a few West Ham fans I know.
With the Pepe Reina chase looking more unlikely each day, Benitez looks to have identified Adrian as his target and if it’s good enough for Rafa, it’s good enough for me.
The question remains, would it be a smart deal to let the younger Darlow go the other way in a potential part-exchange deal?