According to Sky Sports Italia, Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis could be set for a move to Newcastle, after reports over the weekend claim that a £3.5m offer has been made for the Greek international.
Karnezis has been previously linked with a move to Tyneside this summer, and with Benitez’s interest in Willy Caballero, Pepe Reina and Joe Hart failing to come to fruition, the 32-year old stopper could be his alternate target.
Udinese are believed to have rejected a loan offer from Napoli over the weekend for Karnezis, with Sky claiming the Newcastle is now his likely destination.
We take such rumours with a pinch of salt, but given Udinese have not only signed a new goalkeeper over the past week but also left the Greek international out of the squad in their latest pre-season friendly, it certainly looks as if the 6ft 3′ goalkeeper is on his way out.
Karnezis looks likely tbh. Sky Italy reporting it, out of Udinese squad today, & Udinese just bought another keeper a couple days ago.
— Kia (@Kia_NUFC) July 30, 2017
With Tim Krul set to be sold and Karl Darlow’s future far from certain, Rafa Benitez’s search for a new goalkeeper has been ongoing all summer, and it looks like Karnezis could be the man to fill that void if Italian reports are to be believed.