By Will Butcher
Nottingham Forest have made an enquiry for Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed in their transfer news blog (9.18am, Thursday) that the 29-year-old could be on his way to the City Ground, after Forest made an approach to sign the Holland international.
Krul has been made surplus to requirements at St. James’ Park this summer, after falling down the pecking order under manager Rafa Benitez.
Rob Elliot remains the Toon’s number one goalkeeper, while Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman are also vying for a first-team slot under former Liverpool manager Benitez.
That has made Krul available to leave the club this summer and Forest have decided to launch a last-gasp move to sign the goalkeeper, who spent last season on loan with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.
The goalkeeper failed to play for Ajax’s first team during the first half of 2016-17, but made 22 appearances for AZ after joining the Eredivisie outfit in January.
Krul is in the final year of his contract at Newcastle and could be offloaded with the Toon likely to want to sell him now, instead of losing him on a free transfer at the end of his deal.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle must try to get Krul off their books before Thursday’s 11pm deadline in order to receive some cash for the stopper. Krul will leave the club on a free transfer next summer, unless the Toon can offload him now. Forest will be looking to sign him as part of a cut-price deal, with manager Mark Warburton having already used Liam Bridcutt’s contract situation at Leeds to lure the midfielder to Forest on the cheap. Benitez must sell him now for a fee in order to boost his chances of bringing in other targets on deadline day.
In other Newcastle transfer news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Grant Hanley’s late move to Norwich City.