Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is attracting interest from Ligue 1 side Montpellier according to The Chronicle and could spark a potential part-exchange deal between the two clubs given Newcastle’s reported interest in Ryad Boudebouz.
Krul is expected at the Benton training base for the start of pre-season next Monday, seeing the Dutchman return to the club following loan spells in his homeland with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar last season.
Considering he has just one year left on his current contract, with Benitez on the look out for a new goalkeeper, Krul’s future at the club appears to be in doubt, with reports from France claiming Montpellier hold an interest in the 29-year-old.
With this in mind, Newcastle could look to do a part-exchange with the Ligue 1 side this summer, with it being recently reported that we’ve held talks over the possible transfer of their prize asset, Ryad Boudebouz.
Ryad Boudebouz: Made more key passes (117) than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues last season pic.twitter.com/LZ6SuFiMEy
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 27, 2017
The Algerian number 10 delivered 11 goals and 9 assists in France last season and Montpellier are understood to be resigned to losing him this summer. Could their interest in Tim Krul offer us a bargaining tool in our pursuit of Boudebouz this summer I wonder?
He may turn out to have been a Graham Carr target and a player Benitez will not pursue, but given our desperate need for quality in the number 10 role, this could be one to watch.
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