Newcastle United are looking at signing Dutch Under-21 goalkeeper Warner Hahn
Dubbed 'the new Tim Krul', Warner Hahn currently plays in his homeland for second division side FC Dordrecht. He has attracted a lot of interest from across Europe recently.
Newcastle of course have success with finding young goalkeeping gems in Holland. They signed Tim Krul from ADO Den Haag when he was just 17 in 2005. He failed to agree professional terms with the Dutch side, and Newcastle swooped in. The switch eventually only ended up costing them £200,000 after a tribunal.
Warner Hahn is 6'6" and could be available for around £2 million. According to The Metro, Alan Pardew would like to sign him up as soon as possible. The Magpies have been monitoring his progress for a while now, and head of recruitment Graham Carr has been impressed with the goalkeeper.
Hahn has made seven appearances for the Dutch Under-21 side, and is very highly rated in the country. He has spoken of a desire to move to England though, and therefore the comparisons to Tim Krul have been made.
Newcastle United aren't the only club keeping a close eye on the shot-stopper though. Italian clubs Roma, Lazio and Genoa are also thought to be interested in making a move. Hahn also apparently rejected a move to Celtic this summer after they could not guarantee him game time. They may have had him in mind for if and when Fraser Forster moves on.
If Hahn were to move to the North-East of England, he would be unlikely to get immediate game time there either. Krul has shown this season how important of a player he is for Newcastle. His display against Tottenham Hotspur a couple of weeks ago was nothing short of magnificent. Their current back-up goalkeeper is Rob Elliot, but it seems they would like to bring in someone a bit younger as well.