By Harry Sykes
Newcastle may need to subsidise Tim Krul’s £60,000-a-week wages to seal a deal with Ajax, according to a report.
The goalkeeper has climbed to the top of the Dutch club’s shortlist if they have to replace current number one Jasper Cillessen after he emerged as a Barcelona target.
The Mail claim Ajax may look to agree a loan deal with Newcastle subsidising part of the player’s £60,000-a-week salary.
It is said that the 28-year-old is close to full fitness after a knee ligament injury and has also been discussed by Middlesbrough and Everton.
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 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.
“He has one year left on his contract and we have five keepers are the moment, he’s coming back from injury, training hard and improving,” Benitez said earlier in the week.
“We have Sels now, we have Darlow and we have Woodman so we can’t keep five keepers for the whole season.
“If we can have a solution before (the transfer window ends) – he is getting fitter but it depends if anyone is interested, if they are, we will listen to them.”
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.