Report claims Real Madrid veteran Alvaro Arbeloa is not a priority for Newcastle this summer

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The experienced defender has been linked with a reunion with Rafael Benitez.

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Signing Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa will not be a priority for Newcastle United this summer, according to the Chronicle.

The report cites sources inside the club as playing down the rumours, with manager Rafael Benitez instead focused on securing attacking reinforcements first and foremost.

Steven Gerrard All Stars' Jerome Sinclair in action with Jamie Carragher All Stars' Alvaro Arbeloa

Arbeloa would add considerable experience and quality to the Magpies’ back-line but it is unclear whether he would be willing to embrace Championship football after seven successful years at the Bernabeu.

The 33-year-old would be available on a free transfer, with his contract due to expire this month, and he could represent quite a coup for Newcastle.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Benitez is yet to make any additions to his squad as he prepares for a promotion push next season and the Toon Army will hope to see some movement soon.

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

One target believed to be on the radar is Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, with the Daily Mail reporting that a £10 million bid is due to be lodged this week.

The Eagles frontman has a proven goalscoring record and has the potential to thrive in Championship while never really convincing Alan Pardew of his quality - making the switch a sensible one for all parties.

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