Report: Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul being monitored by Montpellier

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is a target for Ligue 1 side Montpellier.

A report from the Chronicle has suggested that Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul could potentially be on his way to France this summer, with Montpellier including the Netherlands international on a shortlist of potential targets.

Krul had previously established himself as the Magpies' number one, but the long-term injury he sustained during the 2015/16 season has seemingly led to him falling down the pecking order at St James' Park.

Newcastle's Tim KrulNewcastle's Tim Krul

He spent the entirety of last season out on loan back in Netherlands, initially joining Ajax before moving to AZ in January, and the Chronicle is now suggesting that his future could be in some doubt with Krul entering the final year of his contract while Newcastle have looked to sign a new goalkeeper during this window.

So perhaps a move to France may be on the cards. The Chronicle reports that Ligue 1 side Montpellier are interested in signing the 29-year-old having included him on a list of potential goalkeeper targets.

Though his injury and loan spells have meant that the likes of Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot have been seen between the sticks on a fairly regular basis, it would surely be a surprise if Rafa Benitez was happy to let Krul go without signing another high quality keeper first.

Krul arguably has the talent to be a good Premier League stopper - as he was before - and at 29, he should perhaps be heading into the best years of his career in the near future, so some fans may feel that unless they do sign a top replacement, the club should surely consider holding onto the Dutchman this summer.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

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