By Will Butcher
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been pushed to the top of Ajax’s shortlist if they have to replace current number one Jasper Cillessen, according to a report.
Cillessen, 27, hasn’t been included in Ajax’s Eredivisie match to face Willem II,as Barcelona look to sign the 30-time Holland international, with current number one Claudio Bravo edging closer to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf claim that if Barca’s move for Cillessen is successful, Ajax will turn their attention to the Magpies’ crocked stopper.
A departure for the 28-year-old looks to be on the cards after manager Rafa Benitez confirmed to the Evening Chronicle that he is willing to listen to offers for the goalkeeper.
Former Falkirk loanee Krul is available for the a cut-price fee as he has less than 12 months remaining on his St. James’ Park deal, which he signed back in 2012.
Krul could become the second Newcastle star set for a move to one of Holland’s big guns, as PSV Eindhoven have admitted they are in talks to sign playmaker Siem de Jong on a season-long loan.
Krul is currently Newcastle’s longest-serving first-team player after making his debut in 2006 for the Magpies in a UEFA Cup tie against Palermo.
The Magpies currently have an abundance of goalkeepers on the books, with Krul joined by number one Sels, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman. With this depth, it looks unlikely that manager Rafa Benitez will need to keep Krul.
In other Newcastle transfer news, this Euro giant has joined in the race to sign Moussa Sissoko.