By Danny Wright
Ligue 1 club Montpellier are keeping close tabs on Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that French top-flight club Montpellier are shaping up a move for the 29-year-old after their pursuit of Dijon shot-stopper Baptiste Reynet stalled.
Senior Newcastle star Krul has been a long-serving player at St. James’ Park ever since he moved there from ADO Den Haag in 2005.
He has made a total of 185 appearances for the Tynesiders, but was sent out on loan twice last season back to the Netherlands with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar as he recovered from a serious knee injury.
It is understood that Rafa Benitez wants three goalkeepers who are all capable of playing in the No 1 spot next season as the Magpies return to the Premier League.
Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Matz Sels and Freddie Woodman are all competing with Krul for a place in Benitez’s first team plans, but it is reported that Newcastle are on the look-out for another option between the sticks with Willy Caballero and Pepe Reina both being linked with St. James’ Park.
However the Chronicle reports that Cabellero is close to moving to Premier League title winners Chelsea while Reina is undergoing contract talks with Napoli.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s a shame that Benitez doesn’t want to keep hold of Krul because he’s a very good goalkeeper and can offer a lot of direction to the up and coming Woodman, who could be a future star for Newcastle. Krul has offered a lot in his 12 years of service to the Magpies and there certainly won’t be any hard feelings from the fans should he decide to leave. There’s way too much competition for a starting spot at the moment and it’s strange that Benitez wants three top goalkeepers competing with each other. It can lead to unrest among the squad and defences always seem to work best when they are kept consistent.
In other Newcastle news, Micky Quinn has slammed this striker after a major development in his reported move to St. James’ Park.