Crystal Palace fans' reaction to possible Wayne Hennessey exit should be a warning to Newcastle United

Newcastle United supporters show their disappointment following the final Premiership match of the season at Villa Park in Birmingham on May 24, 2009. Aston Villa won the game 1-0. The...

Crystal Palace's Wayne Hennessey has emerged as a surprising, and underwhelming, target for Newcastle United.

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace lies on the turf dejected as Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace looks on after David Silva of Manchester City scored his team's fourth goal during the Barclays...

With The Sun reporting that Newcastle United could turn their attention to Wayne Hennessey as they desperately scrabble around for a new goalkeeper, the phrase ‘scraping the barrel’ comes to mind.

The Crystal Palace shot-stopper may have earned 68 caps for Wales while featuring regularly in the top flight for both The Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers but whether he would even represent an upgrade on Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow is seriously debateable.

After all, Hennessey’s penchant for Sunday league level gaffes is well established, the latest coming as he raced off his line and failed to intercept to gift Jordan Ayew a clinching goal in Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat at Swansea City.

Jordan Ayew of Swansea City rounds Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace and goes on to score his sides first goal of the game during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and...

Yet, the report claims that Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez may be forced to turn his attention towards Hennessey with first choice Pepe Reina, who he managed at Liverpool and Napoli, targeted by PSG.

Fernando Muslera of Galatasaray and West Ham United’s Adrian may also be beyond Newcastle’s restrictive transfer budget.

Newcastle United supporters show their disappointment following the final Premiership match of the season at Villa Park in Birmingham on May 24, 2009. Aston Villa won the game 1-0. The...

Therefore, it is difficult to dispel the nagging feeling that Hennessey is nothing other than a cheap alternative, albeit one with plenty of top flight experience.

The fact that Palace supporters are hardly mourning the departure of one of their longest serving players should really tell Newcastle everything they need to know.

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