Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that the club is willing to listen to offers for Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul before the end of the transfer window.
The 28 year old is close to reaching full fitness again after recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of action since October but Benitez told the Evening Chronicle that the Magpies will talk with any interested clubs who want to sign the Dutch international as they currently have five goalkeepers competing for the number one spot in Matz Sels, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman, along with Krul:
“If he has to compete, he’s a very good goalkeeper so it won’t be too hard. But we have Elliot in the same situation. We have Sels now, we have Darlow and we have Woodman. So we cannot keep five keepers for the whole season. 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”
Krul has been linked with Crystal Palace this summer but it is unlikely they will follow up their interest after signing France international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to compete with Wayne Hennessey for the number one position this summer. Whether any other team will come in for the Dutchman, we will have to wait and see.