By Dominic Toner
Chelsea are eyeing Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul as a potential signing in January, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that the Blues may be willing to allow Asmir Begovic join Bournemouth, but they will only do so if they sign a replacement for him.
It us understood that Krul may be considered as a potential alternative for Chelsea as he boasts Premier League experience, with the club drawing up a list of possible replacements.
Krul is currently on a season-long loan at Dutch giants Ajax, but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club.
The 28-year-old was sent on loan at the beginning of the season by Newcastle as he was on the fringes of the squad, with the likes of Karl Darlow and Matz Sels ahead of him in the pecking order.
He has endured a frustrating season and missed large parts of it through injury, but has not been in contention for the first-team since his return.
Chelsea currently have Thibaut Courtois as their number one option and Begovic has found his game time limited, but they are drawing up a list for a new number two goalkeeper.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle should allow Krul to complete a move to Stamford Bridge if they make a move for the goalkeeper. The 28-year-old is not being used during his loan spell with Ajax and is not in the first-team picture. Krul would become Chelsea’s number two option if he moved to the London club and would be able to train alongside one of the Premier League’s best in Courtois. The Magpies goalkeeper Karl Darlow is impressing this season and looks to have a firm grip on the number one position, meaning that Krul is unlikely to challenge next season. The Dutchman has been a loyal servant to Newcastle during his stay and should give him an improved move to Chelsea.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are set to submit an offer for a Premier League attacker.