By Coral Barry

Ronald Koeman has made Newcastle’s Tim Krul one of his top targets as he begins his search for a new No 1 goalkeeper, according to a report.

Tim Howard has departed the club for America after ten years with Everton and Koeman is reportedly unconvinced with the credentials of Joel Robles.

The Guardian claim that Koeman has now told his new employers to get him another goalkeeper and has asked the club to look into the availability of Krul.

Newcastle are preparing for a season in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League and may be forced to part with some of their top stars.

Krul has not played since October after suffered cruciate ligament damage while on international duty with the Netherlands.

The 28-year-old has spent his entire senior career at Newcastle, apart from two loan spells as a youngster and has made 185 appearances for the Magpies.

Rafael Benitez has already insisted no players will be leaving Newcastle without his say so, but Krul has entered the final 12 months of his contract at St James’ Park.

Koeman may be hoping to entice his fellow Dutchman to Everton with the carrot of Premier League football, but will be hard pressed to convince the long serving Magpie to leave the club.

Newcastle will be hopeful their stay in the Championship will be a short one as they aim to gain promotion straight back into the top flight.

In other Newcastle news, another club has entered the race for Magpies midfielder Cheik Tiote.