By Will Butcher
Newcastle have agreed to loan goalkeeper Tim Krul to fellow Premier League newcomers Brighton, according to a reliable journalist.
De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 29-year-old goalkeeper is set to join Chris Hughton’s side.
The Tweet is translated as “BREAKING: Brighton and Newcastle agreement on lease Tim Krul. Keeper en route.”
BREAK: Brighton en Newcastle akkoord over (ver)huur Tim #Krul … Keeper met trein onderweg
— Mike Verweij (@MikeVerweij) August 31, 2017
Krul has been expected to leave St. James’ Park throughout the entire summer transfer window, after plummeting down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez.
The Holland international is considered behind the likes of Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman, after being sent out on loan twice last season.
Krul joined Ajax on loan for the first half of the 2016-17 season, but failed to play a single match and opted to join AZ Alkmaar instead where he clocked up 22 appearances.
Now, in the final year of his contract, the former Falkirk loanee is believed to be on his way to the south coast ahead of what is likely to be a season-long loan deal.
Football Insider verdict
Krul needs regular first-team football in order to continue his recovery from a long-term knee injury that saw him fail to play for Ajax during the first half of last season. With game time more than unlikely at St. James’ Park, a move elsewhere is desperately required and he looks likely to join Brighton in order to rival Australia international Mat Ryan for a place between the sticks. He is likely to be used as back-up behind Ryan, but has much more chance of playing with less competition at the Amex.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Toon have reportedly made an enquiry to sign a Serbian goalkeeper.