Reina may be ready to accept pay cut

Pepe Reina

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has reportedly indicated that he is ready to accept a reduction in salary so that he can join Napoli.

Pepe Reina gradually appears to be leaving Liverpool and the biggest stumbling block in the path of a move to Napoli may have been removed.

The Spanish international was sent out on loan to the Serie A side for the whole of last season and impressed for the Partenopei.

Napoli finished third and won the Italian Cup with Reina being the first name on the team sheet for compatriot Rafa Benitez.

Benitez made no secret of his desire to sign Reina permanently, but so far the problem has been in his wage demands, which are higher than Napoli are able to pay.

However, with no apparent future at Liverpool and a lack of other suitors beating a path to him, Reina may be willing to tighten his belt.

According to Il Mattino, the 31-year-old has contacted Napoli to state that he is happy to negotiate a lower wage in order to return.

It remains unclear whether this move would be on a permanent basis or a new season loan deal just for the 2014-15 campaign.

In the past Reina has been valued at around £5m, which Napoli would be able to pay as long as the wages weren't too prohibitive.

Il Mattino suggests that Reina may be looking for a longer-term deal from Napoli in order to make up for the pay cut, which would require a permanent transfer to be agreed. 

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