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Tim Krul ready to reject Arsenal approch

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Arsenal’s search for a top class goalkeeper is a recurring storyline that seems to pop up in every transfer window yet never actually becomes a reality.

This summer is seemingly no different with The Gunners having already being linked with a host of goalkeepers throughout the UK and Europe.

The latest ‘keeper wanted by Arsene Wenger is Newcastle’s Tim Krul but the Dutchman is reportedly ready to turn down any approaches from Arsenal.

Instead, the 25 year old is adamant to remain on Tyneside and help the club in their push for European competition after the side struggled to perform last year.

It’s thought that Arsenal are ready to make a £15m bid for the player in the next week or two although Krul has not been bothered by the speculation.

Instead, the player has very much turned his attention to preparing for The Magpies’ season opener against Man City on August 19. This was underlined in comments made to The Sun where the Dutchman said that “I will be fit for the first game of the season. I’ll try to get a couple of friendly games to get myself fully up to speed — and I’m right on schedule.”

Krul has become an established regular now at St James Park over the last few seasons having broken into the first team squad in 2009.

Despite being an understudy to Steve Harper in his first few seasons, Krul has been their number one in the last three years notching up 99 appearances since their promotion back to the Premier League.

Alongside that, Krul has played a growing role in the Dutch national set-up having earned 5 caps for The Netherlands since debuting back in 2011.

Krul is a player who would certainly fit the bill at The Emirates Stadium with Wenger looking for a goalkeeper who has established themselves within the Premier League.

The Gunners haven’t had much luck though in trying to sign a keeper with key targets Julio Cesar and Simon Mignolet opting to move to other clubs.

Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar is on the verge of signing for Serie A side Napoli on a season long loan from QPR meanwhile Belgium international Mignolet signed from Liverpool from Sunderland back at the end of June.

As Krul still sees his immediate future at Newcastle, it seems that Arsenal’s search for a goalkeeper is set to continue well into the foreseeable future.

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