Report: Newcastle star Tim Krul schedules McClaren talks amid Crystal Palace links

Tim Krul

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace.

As per a report in the Mirror, Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has scheduled a meeting with Steve McClaren amid interest from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace.

The Dutch international experienced a tough campaign last season, often becoming a scapegoat for Newcastle’s reckless defending and extremely poor goals against tally.

Furthermore, his actions in the derby defeat to Sunderland sparked plenty of talk among pundits, many of whom believe Krul acted unprofessionally by congratulating scorer Jermaine Defoe at half-time.

As a result, there has been talk of an exit for some time and Crystal Palace were credited with an interest despite his lofty weekly wages, as per a report in The Sun.

Now, amid the Palace rumours, fresh reports claim the goalkeeper has called for talks with newly-appointed boss Steve McClaren as he seeks assurances regarding the defence.

“Krul, 27, will meet Toon chief Steve McClaren when he returns for pre-season training and seek assurances that Newcastle’s leaky defence will be strengthened,” the Mirror states.

Should Crystal Palace up the ante for Tim Krul?

Krul is a vastly underrated shot-stopper, and despite the Geordies’ poor defensive return last season he did manage an impressive eight clean sheets in 30 Premier League appearances.

He would be a real coup for Palace, and at just 27 he has plenty of time left to cement his position as one of the best custodians in England under the influence of Alan Pardew.

The previous report in The Sun highlighted his wages as being a potential stumbling block, but if Palace want to establish themselves as a top-flight side they will have to pay the going rate for top players.

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