We suppose Newcastle fans have to get used to top clubs being interested in their very best players.
Tim Krul – top Newcastle goalkeeper
That happened with Andy Carroll just over a year ago and we eventually lost the local lad, but at least Ashley was able to get a cool £35M in cash for the Gateshead-born striker.
The news over the last few months is that Harry Redknapp wants to make Tim Krul one of his top summer transfer targets.
But of course that may well change if Harry gets the England manager job this summer, as expected, and he’s a hot favorite to take over from the departed Italian, Fabio Capello.
But there’s little doubt that Newcastle’s Dutch International goalkeeper, who could be in goal for Holland against England next Wednesday evening at Wembley, has been outstanding between the posts for the Magpies this season.
And Newcastle put a £15m transfer price on Krul last month, in an attempt to ward off potential interest from top clubs, but they may still come after him in the summer.
Tim has been at Newcastle since the summer of 2005, and has no intention of leaving Newcastle, but neither did local lad Andy Carroll, but he’s now at Liverpool.
Krul has a contract at Newcastle through 2014, but we expect the 23 year-old to get a new improved deal at Newcastle, and he could sign the new deal before the summer rolls around.
Newcastle have plenty of work to do on players’ contracts before the summer, and we have to hope the club can get new deals signed by Fab Coloccini, Danny Simpson, Danny Guthrie, Demba Ba and Tim Krul.
It’s not surprising that Spurs are after a younger goalkeeper, because their first choice is American and former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who is 40, and second choice is former Chelsea goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini, who is 38.
We hope Newcastle can get all four players signed up before June to new improved deals, but of course that doesn’t guarantee they will be at the club come September, but that’s what we’ll have to hope for.
It does guarantee that if they do leave, it will take big money to pry them away from Tyneside, as it did with Andy Carroll.
For the record Tim has made 63 appearances so far for Newcastle, and we hope he’ll play many many more times in the Newcastle goalkeeper jersey.