Claims this morning that Alan Pardew has targeted Tim Krul for a summer move to Crystal Palace.

The Newcastle keeper’s former manager is said to have made the Dutch international his number one target in the summer.

The story has originated from The Sun who state Pardew and Palace think they can tempt Krul to leave St. James’ Park, particularly with the former Newcastle manager’s knowledge that the goalkeeper’s alleged current £28,000 a week deal can be easily beaten.

Crystal Palace’s current first choice Julian Speroni turns 36 before next season and Alan Pardewe is looking at the position as one that can be improved.

Each season we are used to speculation surrounding Newcastle’s better players but with the current mood so low at the club and a total lack of leadership throughout, it would take a brave man to predict that any decent player is certain to stay.

Earlier we reported on claims of Southampton interest in Daryl Janmaat and apart from the number of supporters going to the respective matches, exactly what have Newcastle got to offer players these days ahead of Southampton and Crystal Palace, amongst others.

Even Alan Pardew saw Palace as a better option than United and was instantly given around £20m to spend in the January transfer market.

In contrast, Newcastle didn’t even bring in a replacement for Pardew, arranged to sell two international defenders and not bring anybody else in, despite having no defensive back-up at the club.

Unless there is a major change in how Newcastle United operate, with or without Ashley, then protests appear sure to continue and chaos to reign at our club.