Rafa Benitez: Newcastle will listen to offers for established first-teamer
By Dominic Toner
Rafa Benitez has revealed that Newcastle will listen to offers for Tim Krul.
The Magpies currently have five goalkeepers on the books, with Krul joined by number one Matz Sels, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman.
The Northern Echo claimed that Newcastle are willing to let long-standing No1 Krul leave for less than £4million and that Italian giants Juventus are prepared to move for the Dutchman in the January transfer window.
Benitez has admitted that Newcastle are prepared to let Krul leave St James’ Park and end his 10-year stay with the club.
“He has one year left on his contract, we have five keepers are the moment,” Benitez told the Chronicle. “So we cannot keep five keepers for the whole season.
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“If we can have a solution before; he is getting fitter, but it depends on if anyone is interested. If they are, then we will listen to them, but just for the moment it is just to keep the keepers because we couldn’t make the same mistake as last season when we had just one single goalkeeper and after we had a problem.”
In his 10 years on Tyneside, Krul has made 193 Newcastle appearances, and was part of the Netherlands side that finished third at the 2014 World Cup.
The 28-year-old is available for such a small price as he has less than 12 months remaining on his St. James’ Park deal, which he signed back in 2012.
Krul is currently Newcastle’s longest-serving first-team player after making his debut in 2006 for the Magpies in a Uefa Cup tie against Palermo.
Newcastle will attempt to pick up their first points of the Championship season on Wednesday night against Reading, after losing their first two games of the campaign against Fulham and Huddersfield.
In other Newcastle transfer news, their first-teamer is one of six players on Barcelona’s shortlist.