Manchester United are bookmakers favourites to sign goalkeeper Tim Krul in the transfer window.
The Newcastle United stopper was part of the Dutch World Cup squad this summer, memorably coming off the bench ahead of a quarter-final penalty shootout victory against Costa Rica.
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Louis van Gaal made the bold extra-time decision, and with the former Netherlands chief now in charge of the Red Devils, he’s been tipped to try and land the giant goalkeeper before September 2nd.
SkyBet offer odds of 3/1 on Krul moving to Old Trafford, with Juventus next in the market at 5/1. Then comes Arsenal at 6/1, with Napoli, AC Milan, Spurs and Atletico Madrid all available at 18/1 or shorter. It all suggests that a number of clubs are interested in the 26-year-old.
A six-cap international, the former Den Haag youngster moved to St. James’ Park before making an appearance in the Eredivisie, and would spend time on loan at Falkirk and Carlisle before forcing his way into the Toon side domestically.
After a few chances in the Championship, he became the club’s number one during their first season back in the Premier League in 2010/11.
With a number of impressive top flight campaigns behind him, Krul has found himself linked with a move away from the Magpies. Indeed, reports in Metro last month claimed Tottenham Hotspur were considering a move for the £10million-rated keeper.
However, the bookies have reacted to Van Gaal's arrival at Manchester United and subsequent spending spree, with Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera the big-money arrivals to-date.
Whilst know Holland international's have arrived at the club yet, a number of them have been linked to the Red Devils, with Arjen Robben, Jordie Classie and Daley Blind just three of those to be mentioned alongside the former Premier League champions.
Krul is the latest name in the Manchester United frame, and whilst they don't necessarily need a new first choice at Old Trafford, it remains to be seen how Van Gaal rates Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos.
Whether Krul would be willing to sacrifice his position as first choice with the Toon and battle De Gea is also something to consider, and whilst the bookmakers might think there is a chance of this happening you'd have to think it's unlikely.
It would be good for Manchester United to add depth in the position, no doubt, but perhaps a bad career move with the young Spaniard building his career at Old Trafford.