Newly appointed Everton manager Ronald Koeman is a huge admirer of Newcastle United’s Tim Krul. The Dutchman eyes Krul as the perfect successor of Tim Howard at Goodison Park. With The Magpies being relegated to the Football League Championship for next season, it will be tough to hold on to the Dutch international goalkeeper.
Everton’s interest in Krul is serious and Koeman will go all-out to sign the 28-year-old. With Tim Howard’s departure to Colorado Rapids, Joel Robles is the only recognized senior goalkeeper for The Toffees. Koeman wouldn’t want to risk starting the new Premier League season without a quality goalkeeper at his disposal, as reported by The Chronicle.
Along with the appointment of Koeman as the club’s new manager, the Everton hierarchy has also added Dutch goalkeeper coach Patrick Lodewijks to the coaching staff. This will also provide a friendly environment for Krul, should he decide to join Everton.
“Tim is still a great goalkeeper” Koeman said a couple of years ago.
However, there is one major problem that Everton has to consider before signing the man from The Hague, Netherlands. Krul sustained a knee injury last October while on international duty with the Netherlands national team. Following his injury, he was declared unavailable for the rest of the season.
Krul has a year left in his Newcastle United contract and is yet to sign a renewal. Robe Elliot and Karl Darlow have filled in well for the Toon Army during the Dutchman’s absence and manager Rafael Benítez won’t like to tinker with the working combination.
This will leave the Newcastle United board with an interesting decision. They could choose to cash-in on the player, provided a good and respectable bid comes for him from Everton.
Meanwhile, Southampton and Crystal Palace are the other clubs reportedly interested in Krul. Palace coach Alan Pardew is a also huge admirer of the Dutchman and has praised the qualities of the former Magpies youth team player previously.
Photo courtesy: Brian Minkoff/Wikipedia.org