Tim Krul eyed by Ajax as replacement for Barcelona-bound goalkeeper

Tim Krul
Tim Krul

Ajax are weighing up a move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul, according to a report in Holland.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claim Krul is being lined up by the Amsterdam club as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Jasper Cillessen.

Long-serving Krul, out of contract next summer, is nearing a comeback from a long-term knee injury.

And United manager Rafa Benitez this week revealed that the club would "listen" to offers for Krul before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

“He has one year left on his contract," said Benitez, who has four senior goalkeepers, and 19-year-old Freddie Woodman, at the club.

“We have five keepers are the moment. He’s coming back after his injury, he’s training hard and he’s improving.

"We know that he’s a very good keeper. If he has to compete, he’s a very good goalkeeper, so it won’t be too hard. But we have (Rob) Elliot in the same situation.

"We have (Matz) Sels now, we have (Karl) Darlow and we have (Freddie) Woodman. So we can’t keep five keepers for the whole season.

"He (Krul) is getting fitter, but it depends on if anyone is interested.

“If they are, then we will listen to them, but just for the moment it’s just to keep the keepers because we couldn’t make the same mistake as last season when we had just one single goalkeeper and after we had a problem.

“We knew that he was getting fitter, but we didn’t know when, so we needed to bring a keeper (Sels) in and protect them.”

Krul, the club's first-choice goalkeeper for the past five years, has made 185 appearances for the club.

The Holland international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for his country last October.