Manchester United will consider a surprise move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul should David de Gea leave Old Trafford this summer.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand that Krul could join the Red Devils despite the arrival of Victor Valdes, the former Barcelona keeper who is poised to sign an 18-month contract with the Premier League giants.
De Gea's contract expires in the summer of 2016 and concern is growing that the Spaniard will have his head turned by Real Madrid, who are seeking a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas having been left unconvinced by summer signing Keylor Navas.
United want £30m+ for De Gea
Manchester United will reportedly demand at least £30 million for the 24-year-old, who joined the Red Devils for £17.8 million from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
Valdes' arrival has cast doubt over De Gea's future, but fresh reports claim United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to tie the Spain international down to a new long-term deal and will instruct the club to open contract talks with the goalkeeper within the next month.
Despite the arrival of Valdes, De Gea will remain Manchester United's undisputed first-choice goalkeeper following a remarkable start to the season. Now widely considered one of the best keepers on the continent, the Red Devils will be acutely aware that finding a replacement of similar quality would be virtually impossible.
Van Gaal knows Krul well
But Van Gaal knows Krul well from their time working together with the Netherlands national team. The Newcastle United shot-stopper was memorably sent on in the last minute of extra time in the World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica by the veteran Dutch coach - and duly helped the Oranje secure their place in the semi-finals.
Krul has been a Premier League goalkeeper since 2010, when Newcastle were promoted back to the top flight following a one-season absence, and picked up the Premier League's Player of the Month award in November 2013 following a string of fine displays in between the sticks.
But the 26-year-old is not at the same level as De Gea - or the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Joe Hart - and this might concern many Manchester United supporters.