Tim Krul could be handed a Premier League lifeline by Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Newcastle United goalkeeper is interesting a clutch of clubs, including Championship side Nottingham Forest, in the final hours of the transfer window.
Krul is also a potential target for Brighton, according to sources on the South Coast.
The newly-promoted club is considering a loan move for Krul, who spent the second half of last season at AZ Alkmaar in his native Holland.
Krul – who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Holland in October 2015 – proved his fitness at the Eredivisie club.
The 29-year-old had hoped to play his way into Benitez's plans at St James's Park this summer.
Benitez, however, made it clear he wanted to bring another goalkeeper to St James's Park to compete with Rob Elliot.
Krul played under Brighton manager Chris Hughton at Newcastle.
Hughton is looking to strengthen the goalkeeping department at the Amex Stadium, who were runners-up behind Championship-winners United last season.
There was also interest in Krul from Benfica earlier this month.
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