By Will Butcher
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is expected to join AZ Alkmaar on loan before the January transfer window deadline at 11pm, according to a reliable journalist.
The Mail had claimed that Premier League side Watford were interested in the 28-year-old earlier on deadline day, as he remains on loan with Ajax.
However, BBC Newcastle commentator Matthew Raisbeck revealed on his personal Twitter account that AZ Alkmaar were looking to tie up a loan deal, with Watford out of the race.
It's understood #NUFC goalkeeper Tim Krul won't be going to Watford on loan. He's now being linked to AZ Alkmaar
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) January 31, 2017
Krul has failed to make a single appearance with Peter Bosz’s Ajax, as he struggles to overcome a long-term knee injury that has kept him sidelined from first-team football since October.
Despite this, interest in Krul has been rife, after the Guardian claimed last week that Chelsea were targeting the Toon stopper with the future of Asmir Begovic up in the air.
Now, the Holland international is set to remain in Holland with Eredvisie side AZ Alkmaar, as the deadline looms.
Krul is unneeded at St. James’ Park, with Rafa Benitez having an abundance of goalkeepers available to him in Rob Elliot, Matz Sels and Karl Darlow.
Krul, a former Falkirk loanee, is Newcastle’s longest serving player having made his debut back in November 2006 in a UEFA Cup game against Serie A outfit Palermo.
Football Insider verdict:
Krul needs first-team game time. It is as simple as that. The commanding stopper needs to be playing at the highest level possible to develop his match sharpness, after spending so long on the sidelines since his knee injury. With Krul unlikely to gain senior level football at Chelsea, Ajax or Newcastle, a move to AZ Alkmaar seems like the best option for the goalkeeper as he looks to revive his career. Alkmaar are currently enjoying a good season in fifth place in the Eredivisie, and Krul’s addition to the side could see them close the gap between the top three and the rest of the league.
In other Newcastle transfer news, here is an update on two other transfers.