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Ireland international's future in doubt as Rafa Benitez eyes move for familiar face

Rob Elliot could be set to depart Newcastle, with the Magpies preparing a transfer for Pepe Reina.

Rob Elliot (file pic).
Rob Elliot (file pic).

ROB ELLIOT MAY be forced to look for a new club, following reports that Rafa Benitez is eyeing a reunion with Pepe Reina, having previously managed the experienced goalkeeper at Liverpool.

The Newcastle Chronicle suggests that Elliot is one of a number of Magpies players facing uncertain futures, with fellow Ireland international Daryl Murphy having already been told he is surplus to requirements at St James’s Park.

31-year-old Elliot impressed during Newcastle’s 2015-16 campaign, earning the club’s player of the season accolade, but a knee injury suffered on Ireland duty meant he missed a large portion of the 2016-17 campaign, struggling to get into the side once he returned to full fitness.

Despite making three appearances towards the end of Newcastle’s Championship-winning campaign, Elliot’s chances of starting next season in the number one jersey appear slim.

In addition to the prospect of Reina’s arrival, the Kent-born stopper also has competition from Karl Darlow and Dutch international Tim Krul, who spent last season on loan at AZ Alkmaar.

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic says the club have turned down a £20 million offer from the Magpies for midfielder Tom Cairney.

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