Manchester United are looking to strengthen the goalkeeping position, despite the signing of Victor Valdes.
Former Barcelona man Valdes agreed a contract with Louis van Gaal’s side on Thursday, signing an 18-month deal at Old Trafford.
Brought in as back-up to first choice David De Gea, he will also provide a high-ability replacement should Real Madrid move for the Spanish stopper, but it appears as if United have not stopped searching for goalkeepers should the inevitable happen regarding De Gea’s departure.
Recent reports have linked the Red Devils with Newcastle man Tim Krul, who has been one of the standouts in the Premier League since progressing through the Magpies youth academy and making his first-team debut in the 2009/10 season. A full Dutch international, the 26-year-old has been linked with a move to a host of Europe’s top clubs since proving his ability, and he is something of a favourite of van Gaal, who took him to the World Cup with the Netherlands.
And whilst United may consider signing Krul a pointless exercise in their current situation, with two top-class and one back-up ‘keeper already on their books, they could take advantage of the managerial void on Tyneside to steal him away from the Magpies. With no manager in place to fight for his cause, Mike Ashley could look to cash in on his star players - as he has done before - and Krul could be the first name to leave St James’ Park.
Danish media outlet BT are reporting that, to sweeten the deal, and make the goalkeeping situation at Old Trafford more logical, van Gaal will willingly offer third choice stopper Anders Lindegaard to Newcastle in exchange for Krul, after a deal fell through to take the 30-year-old to FC Midtjylland in his homeland. Middlesbrough, Everton and Liverpool are also said to be interested in Lindegaard, but, if United truly do want Krul, the Danish ‘keeper could prove to be a useful makeweight in the deal with the Magpies.