News today that Newcastle United are interested in Swansea City’s Dutch International goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Michel Vorm - Swansea’s excellent Dutch goalkeeper
But Newcastle already have a top Dutch International goalkeeper in 23 year-old Tim Krul, and he’s five years younger than Michel.
Don’t get us wrong, we’ve been very impressed with Vorm in the Premier League this season, and he is the number two Dutch goalkeeper behind Roma’s 29 year-old Maarten Stekelenburg, with Tim currently third in line.
Athough that could well change before the Euro 2012 Championships in the summer, and Tim could find himself between the sticks for Holland in the summer tournament.
Vorm was a great signing for Swansea when he arrived from FC Utrecht for about £1.5M in the summer, and Michel has performed very well for Swansea, who have been successful in the Premier League, and even beat Arsenal 3-2 last Sunday, and deserved all 3 points.
The Swansea Director John van Zweden has said the following about Vorm:
“Chelsea and Newcastle United are interested. Manchester United have asked about him, while Tottenham have cautiously let us know.”
Tim Krul has been at Newcastle since 2005, when he was just 17 year old, and the only two goals Tim has in his football career are to be the Newcastle United number one goalkeeper, and to become the Dutch number one.
Tim has achieved that first goal, and if he continues with the form he’s shown this season for Newcastle, then he’ll soon be the Dutch number one goalkeeper too.
And Newcastle have just signed Rob Elliot in the summer from Charlton Athletic, and we still have veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper, although Steve could move on in the summer, either permanently or on loan for the last year of his contract.
The only reason that Newcastle could be looking at Vorm is as a replacement for Krul, who has attracted the interest of some top clubs.
But we don’t think Newcastle are in a selling mood anymore, unless they get ridiculous bids for some of their top players, like the £35M successful bid Liverpool made for Andy Carroll a year ago.
We think Newcastle’s next goal is to get back into Europe and to make extra revenues that way, and you need a good side to do that, so there’s no way Tim Krul will be sold.
Well, that’s what we’re hoping for, in any case.
What do you think?