Newcastle 28-year-old undergoing medical with PL side - report
By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is undergoing a medical with Premier League side Watford, according to a report.
The Mail has claimed that the Hornets are targeting the 28-year-old as cover for current injured first choice Costel Pantilimon.
It is stated that Walter Mazzarri’s team are looking at a loan move for the Holland international, who has spent the first half of the season with Dutch giants Ajax.
The goalkeeper’s time in his home country has been far from ideal and the player has played just six times for the second string team in his time at the club.
Krul has been at Newcastle for just under 12 years now after moving to the north east of England in 2005.
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He was the number one for a number of years and featured in 185 matches for the club, where he kept 53 clean sheets.
But, a serious ligament injury suffered last season left him to finish the campaign with just nine appearances under his belt and he is now desperate for first team football.
Football Insider verdict:
Krul would be a suitable addition for Watford, but there must be questions asked to whether he would see much more game time with the Premier League club than he currently is with Ajax. The Hornets are currently blessed with both Pantilimon and Hurelho Gomes and once the former returns then he will simply push Krul out of his position. The Dutch shot stopper is seemingly past his peak years and it seems as though he may have to leave Newcastle and drop down a level if he has ambitions of becoming a number one again. Neither Ajax nor Watford are the right moves for him to make if he is after first team football and his career may suffer because of it.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Rafa Benitez has given the green light to this midfielder deal.