Newcastle Linked With Belgium U21 Goalkeeper

Newcastle have been linked with Belgium U21 goalkeeper Matz Sels in the Belgium press today and he plays for Gent in the Belgian Pro League.

Just why Newcastle would be interested in another goalkeeper at the moment is a good question, but a report on today’s HLN.BE web-site says he’s on his way to the north-east to join either to Newcastle United or Middlesbrough.

Matz Sels

Matz Sels – Gent’s 24 year-old goalkeeper

The 6ft 2ins tall goalkeeper has played for all the Belgium youth sides including four appearances at the U21 level and he has played 108 times for Gent over the last three seasons since joining them from Lierse.

The only way this would make any sense is if Newcastle are gong to sell Tim Krul this summer – and they would want to bring in a third experienced goalkeeper – with young Freddie Woodman very likely to be sent out on loan to get first team games next season.

The report in Belgium says Sels is missing from training because he is sick, but the word is a transfer is close to being competed and he is on his way to the northeast to join either Newcastle or Middlesbrough.

Sels was Belgium’s Goalkeeper of the Year last season and helped Gent into second place in the Belgium Pro League just 4 points behind Champions Club Brugge – and 5 points above 3rd placed Anderlecht.

Gent are therefore in the Champions League for this coming season.

What do you think?

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