By Matt Farr
Watford are considering a move to bring Newcastle’s Tim Krul to the club on loan until the end of the season, according to a report.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper is currently on loan at Ajax, but is expected to cut short his deal having failed to make a single first-team appearance.
A host of clubs have been rumoured to be interested in signing the experienced Holland international this month, and Sky Sports claimed on Monday night that a return to the Premier League was on the cards with Watford.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is happy for Krul to seek a new club before Tuesday’s 11pm transfer deadline, with no guarantees of a first-team role if he were to return to St. James’ Park for the remainder of the season.
Benitez already has three goalkeepers at his disposal in Karl Darlow, Matz Sels and Rob Elliot, so competition for places is already high.
A deal could suit Watford, meanwhile, who are looking to add experienced backup to current No.1 Heurelho Gomes.
The Brazilian’s deputy Costel Pantilimon has been ruled out for up to four weeks with an injury, leaving only Giedrius Arlauskis and Rene Gilmartin as other options – but both are suffering from a severe lack of match practice.
Krul has been an important player for Newcastle in recent seasons, but a major injury setback cut short his campaign last term after just nine appearances in all competitions – and he has not played since.
Football Insider verdict
Tim Krul would be a very handy addition for Watford. He could do much more than provide the Hornets with a back-up role for Gomes, and could actually be considered somewhat of an upgrade due to his shot-stopping ability. The former-Holland international is likely to continue to waste away on the sidelines at Ajax over the remainder of the season, which is unfortunate for a player of his talents, but he still has the opportunity to make things right and find a new club before the transfer deadline. He won’t have a role at Newcastle, at least until the end of the season, so if Watford and Walter Mazzarri come knocking, Vicarage Road is the best place for him to get his career back on track.
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