Newcastle are said to have targets this summer in France, Holland and Spain, and we suppose that list included Germany until we missed out on German U21 striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga last week, when he finally signed on at Hamburg.
Tim Krul and Louis van Gaal after the penalty shoot-out win
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Tim Krul has captured the news around the world in the last day after his heroics in the penalty shoot-out on Saturday night against Costa Rica.
Tim moved the right way for every single one of their five penalties and magnificently saved two of them – while Holland converted all four of their penalties, and they went through to meet Argentina in the semi-finals.
The other semi-final is between Brazil and Germany, and the host country will be without their top star Neymar, who was injured in the 2-1 win over Columbia, when he fractured a vertebra.
Newcastle may bring in more players from Holland this summer, after our successful acquisition of Siem de Jong, and the Holland number one right-back Ricardo van Rhijn is one player Newcastle are seriously considering bringing in to replace Mathieu Debuchy.
The news is that Newcastle have salready poken to his agents, and Ricardo is keen on a move to the Premier League, although other clubs are also interested.
One question is whether Tim Krul will push for a move, to get away from Newcastle to a bigger club this summer, since at the end of last season he seemed to be just a little bit fed up at Newcastle, and of course we had a terrible second half to the season.
But Krul still made the World Cup squad for Holland, and although he’s not a starter in the team, his heroics in the shoot-out against Costa Rica will mark him as a Dutch hero, especially if Louis van Gaal can get Holland to win the World Cup for the first time ever.
And before the World Cup some top European clubs had shown an interest in Krul, and his heroics on Saturday night will only enhance his reputation as a top goalkeeper.
We hope Tim will stay on at Newcastle, but it’s becoming very worrying that have some of our top players wanting to leave the club.
When that happens there’s something wrong somewhere – and with good clubs you get players wanting to join them – not wanting to leave at the first opportunity.