There have been previous claims that Alan Pardew was interested in taking Tim Krul to Crystal Palace and now they have resurfaced, with reports that the South London club are prepared to meet the goalkeeper’s wage demands.
The Dutch keeper is said to be on £30,000 a week at St James Park but is looking for £50,000, with Palace now prepared to pay that according to The Sun.
The newspaper also report that Newcastle are looking for an £8m transfer fee which would be within Palace’s comfort zone.
How much substance there is in any transfer stories is always open to question, but with Karl Darlow arriving this summer after a year’s loan at Forest it raises questions about the goalkeeping situation at Newcastle.
Rob Elliot is still there with a year left on his contract, whilst 18 year old Freddy Woodman continues to progress and spent the end of last season as United’s keeper on the bench.
With major surgery needed on the Newcastle squad, the only realistic way you can see any credible amount of money being spent is if cash is also generated by a further sale of players.
The sales of Davide Santon, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Alan Pardew himself will have generated over £10m for starters, plus the wages also now disappearing for the likes of Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Hatem Ben Arfa.
With so little cover and indeed quality in both defence and attack, it is difficult to believe that Mike Ashley will allow so many goalkeepers when his usual ploy is to keep the squad to the bare minimum.
Whether Tim Krul does indeed leave or not, Newcastle’s defence has to be taken apart and rebuilt, with last season yet another shambles as only rock bottom QPR conceded more goals than NUFC.