Newcastle United are ready to listen to offers for Tim Krul.
The United keeper has confirmed this week that his comeback is on schedule and he is ready to join in training with the other Newcastle goalkeepers before the month is out.
Up to this point the club hadn’t commented on the fact that Tim Krul now has less than 11 months on his Newcastle contract and could leave for nothing next summer.
However, Rafa Benitez has admitted that with five goalkeepers and taking into account the contract situation, he is looking for clubs to make bids for the Dutch goalkeeper, with seemingly no intention of offering Krul a new deal.
Whilst injuries haven’t helped the situation, it is another example of the lopsided nature of the squad, with Freddie Woodman progressing and four senior keepers (once fit) with very little between them. Whilst on the other hand Newcastle are desperate for another winger and at least one more striker.
Tim Krul is just one of any number of players who has never managed to replicate the level of performance he showed when Newcastle finished fifth in 2011/12. Along with Cisse, Coloccini, Tiote and others, only in the odd game has the Dutch international looked the same player.
Cheick Tiote is another player who has less than a year of his contract to go and Newcastle are looking to sell, Rafa confirming there has been interest but not a bid big enough to satisfy NUFC.
Whilst Vurnon Anita does appear to be in the manager’s plans at the minute, he is yet another in the final year of his contract and no new contract offer seemingly in the offing. It remains to be seen with all of the new signings, with more to come, where he fits – if anywhere, in Rafa Benitez’ plans this season.
Rafa Benitez discussing the Tim Krul situation on Tuesday:
“He has one year left on his contract and we have five keepers are the moment, he’s coming back from injury, training hard and improving.
“If he has to compete he is a very good goalkeeper and so it won’t be too hard – but we have Rob Elliot in a similar situation.
“We have Sels now, we have Darlow and we have Woodman…so we can’t keep five keepers for the whole season.
“If we can have a solution before (the transfer window ends) – he is getting fitter but it depends if anyone is interested, if they are, we will listen to them.
“We couldn’t make the same mistake as last season when we had just one single goalkeeper and we had a problem, we knew that he was getting fitter but we didn’t know when, with Elliot it was the same and so we needed to bring a keeper in.”