Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is rumoured to be one of Mark Hughes’ main transfer targets at QPR.
The £10m rated shot-stopper has burst onto the scene this season, forming the base of a hugely succesfull defensive unit on Tyneside that has only shipped 25 goals in the Premier League.
At times, Krul has kept Newcastle in games single handily. His reflexes are among the best in the league and he also has learnt to command his area with a lot more authority this season. The youngster has fast become one of the top goalkeepers in the league.
However he is reportedly stalling over a new-contract which has been offered because he feels a player of his potential should be earning somewhere near £80,000 per week.
Newcastle’s wage structure means they can only dream of paying those sorts of figures for players and they feel it may be time to move their highly rated goalkeeper on and make a substantial profit on just the £100,000 they paid his former club ADO Den Haag.
These breakdowns of contract talks have notified Hughes at QPR, who is looking to bring in another goalkeeper to replace current first-choice Paddy Kenny.
Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has made it clear to his new manager that he will pay whatever it takes to keep his club in the Premier League and Hughes would see Krul as a great investment despite his double figure price tag. Fernandes also has made it clear that he’s not afraid to pay lofty wages, and the £80,000 per week that Krul would require wouldn’t be a problem for the Malaysian tycoon.
Krul could do his chances of impressing Hughes no harm today as Newcastle and QPR meet at St James’ Park.