Newcastle unlikely to sign Reina

Straight away, talk of Newcastle United being interested in bringing Pepe Reina back to the Premier League emerged, and it's becoming a serious story in Italy.

The 19-year-old was in fine form this past season during his loan spell with Bristol City as he bagged 26 goals for the Championship outfit to prove that he has a bright future ahead of him.

But with Benítez reportedly close friends with the Blues' technical director Michael Emenalo, the 56-year-old has seemed to convince Chelsea that he can give the game time and coaching that Abraham needs for his development.

It has been claimed that Newcastle are leading the race as they are willing to pay the £25,000 a week the player picks up at Stamford Bridge, and will also match Chelseas loan fee valuation.

Meanwhile, Abraham is set for a Premier League loan to Newcastle, who are managed by former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez.

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Newcastle, Brighton, Everton and Leicester have been alerted to his talents and are all apparently keen on securing his signature.

The deal is now expected to be completed as early as this weekend.

The report claims that Benitez even went to St George's Park on his wedding anniversary to convince Abraham to make the switch to Newcastle.

Chelsea, who had initially planned to promote Abraham to Antonio Conte's first-team squad, trust Benitez with handling their hot prospect.

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