Juventus set to bid for Tim Krul

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Juventus are lining up a bid for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul, according to the Sunday Express.

The Serie 'A' giants are planning for life without arguably the greatest ever Italian 'keeper in Gianluigi Buffon, who hasn't yet retired but the club know he won't last forever.

Krul is set to be the target of a £10m bid from the Italian outfit and he has also attracted the attention of Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

The Dutch international missed the 4-0 defeat at home to Manchester United yesterday with a knee injury.

He is thought to be hoping to seal a move to a bigger club in order to increase his chances of earning the number one spot for his country, although he was left out of the squad by manager Louis van Gaal for the recent friendly against France.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew - who continues to serve a touchline ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler - will hope he can retain Krul's services after seeing star player Yohan Cabaye move to Paris Saint-Germain in January.

Krul has been at the club since 2006 and he could be fit to start the forthcoming clash with Swansea.

Newcastle are also looking to strengthen their French connection as they are reportedly looking to make a move for Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier in the summer.

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