Dutchman lined-up as Friedel replacement.
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Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a £10 million bid for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul.
The North London club have been monitoring the Dutchman for some time and are planning to make their move as soon as the Netherlands finish their Euro 2012 campaign.
Krul, 24, was an ever-present for the Magpies as they finished an impressive fifth in the Premier League last season. He has made 62 appearances for the club since signing from ADO Den Haag in 2005 and the thrice-capped international is currently part of his country’s Euro 2012 squad.
Spurs are admirers of the 6 foot 4 inch custodian and see him as a long-term replacement for current number one Brad Friedel, who turned 41 last month.
The Londoners are in need of goalkeeping reinforcements, with Friedel and back-up Carlo Cudicini, 38, both in the twilight of their careers and Heurelho Gomes untrusted and likely to be sold this summer.
Newcastle are thought to be willing to part with Krul for the right price but value him at closer to £15 million. The Tyneside club regard Fraser Forster, the 24-year-old ‘keeper who has spent the last two seasons on loan at SPL champions Celtic, as a future club captain and would therefore be willing to listen to a substantial offer for Krul.