Newcastle United’s number one goalkeeper could be on his way out of St James’ Park after a string of solid performances in a, thus far, disappointing Premier League season.
Dutch international Tim Krul was linked with big money moves away from the club with Arsenal, AC Milan and Monaco reportedly vying for his signature.
And while the Toon bosses are reportedly happy with Rob Elliot’s progress, they don’t feel that Jak Alnwick and Jonathan Mitchell are ready for the step up to the first team.
Although the Magpies’ shortcomings are chiefly up front, having scoring only 68 goals in all competitions last season, their defensive record is no better and so Newcastle are preparing for a bid to come in during the January transfer window. And they have already drawn up a list of replacements.
One of these replacements under consideration is reportedly 22-year-old Dutchman Jeroen Zoet. The 6’ 3” goalie is a product of the famous PSV Eindhoven academy and made his breakthrough in 2011 while on loan at RKC Waalwijk. The 2013/14 season has seen him become PSV’s main goalkeeper, playing in all but two games in the Eredivise.
Zoet has represented his country at U17, U19 and U21 level playing 46 times. He was named as the Jong Oranje’s number one for the 2013 European U21 Championship. The Dutch national team managed to reach the semi-finals, but were knocked out by losing finalists, Italy.
Alan Pardew has expressed an interest in the Dutchman, having scouted him as PSV drew 2-2 with FC Twente last month. Eindhoven are believed to be looking to recoup £7m for the player.
Though the price-tag does still seems reasonable for a player of Zoet’s potential, he was available in the summer for a meagre £2m. However, having only recently signed a new contract, tying him to the club until 2007, the price rise was inevitable.
Here’s what he had to say - as reported by The Chronicle - recently about a move to the Premier League:
“Your career never just unfolds the way you would like it too. You just have to keep trying and deal with the things that are in your hands.
"I went to RKC to get the experience that would put me in good shape to play for PSV.”
The signing would be a positive for all concerned. Krul may be forced to up his game as competition for places becomes fierce. The Toon Army will also be keen to see some new signings at St James’ Park.
Would you welcome Zoet to Newcastle or are there better options?
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