There’s news that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to sign Newcastle United’s Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul in the January transfer window.
Tim Krul – in action at Aston Villa
And it seems there are a number of clubs interested in the Newcastle 26 year-old goalkeeper, who was a hero for Holland in their penalty shoot out win against Costa Rica, when he made two great saves to take Holland through to the semi-finals, where they lost 4-2 to Argentina on penalties – but Tim wasn’t the Holland goalkeeper in that particular shoot-out.
So Louis van Gaal knows all about Tim Krul after managing Holland to the bronze medal in Brazil.
Tim mentioned at the end of last season that it may be time for him to move away from Newcastle after nine years at the club, but when the club signed some good players in the summer – including a couple of Dutchmen in Siem de Jong and Daryl Janmaat, Tim seemed content to stay on Tyneside.
But Newcastle are going through a crisis at the moment (yes – another one), and if the Red Devils are really after him. Tim may want to try his luck at Old Trafford, although he will have a fight on his hands to oust current number one goalkeeper – the twice capped Spanish International David De Gea.
But back-up goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard made noises in the summer that he wants to leave the Red Devils for first team football elsewhere, and maybe van Gaal is looking for a suitable replacement to challenge De Gea for the number one spot.
Tim does have a decent record in the Premier League since displacing Steve Harper at the start of the 2011-2012 season, and if Mike Ashley is willing to sell, we suppose he could be allowed to leave Newcastle in January.
That depends on whether any club comes in for Tim and meets Mike Ashley’s valuation of the goalkeeper in the January transfer window – but if that happens he’s gone – whether or not we can replace him.
Unfortunately, that’s how Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United these days – money is king.
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