Newcastle to miss out on Dutch goalkeeping starlet as Feyenoord swoop

Warner Hahn has reportedly agreed to join Feyenoord on a three-year deal from next summer.

This week Newcastle United saw themselves heavily linked with a new goalkeeper - and it was a link that made sense.

Beyond the brilliance and consistency of Tim Krul is quite a drop off in quality and options regarding the goalkeeping department that needs to be addressed.

So when it became clear that they were one of many teams in the running for Warner Hahn it did not come as a surprise.

The giant 6ft 6ins goalkeeper at Dutch Eerste Divisie outfit FC Dordrecht is a Dutch under-21 international and one of the country’s hottest goalkeeping talents. His name was being linked with every team under the sun. Celtic, Roma, Lazio and Genoa were all also keen on the player - but English papers listed Newcastle as the favourites to sign him in January.

Well, 24 hours later, he signed for somebody else.

Hahn has instead decided to join Feyenoord of the Eredivisie. OK it might not be the ‘sexy’ choice but it certainly is the sensible one.

Staying in Holland makes sense for a player who is yet to play any top-flight football. Now the former Ajax prodigy, who has seven under-21 caps for Jong Oranje, will compete with Erwin Mulders for the first team spot - but after continuing to ply his trade with Dordrecht for the rest of the season.

Then he will begin his three-year deal with the Rotterdam side with the objective of becoming the number one stopper at De Kuip.

Newcastle must now turn their attentions elsewhere to bring in a young stopper who can challenge Krul for the number one spot sufficiently in the future.

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