Tottenham Turn to Newcastle United Keeper Tim Krul After Being Priced Out Of Hugo Lloris Deal

Spurs eye Dutchman.

Tottenham will turn their attentions to Newcastle ‘keeper Tim Krul after being priced out of a deal for France captain Hugo Lloris.

Spurs new boss Andre Villas-Boas had identified Lloris as his first choice to replace 41-year-old Brad Friedel but the north Londoners cannot afford Lyon’s £16 million asking price.

Tottenham submitted a £13 million bid for the 25-year-old Frenchman last week but are unwilling to go any higher and, with neither club willing to back down, the deal has stalled.

Villas-Boas will now turn to Newcastle’s Krul as an alternative and believes he could land the Dutchman for as little as £10 million.

After replacing Shay Given in the Toon first team, Krul has emerged as one of the most composed and talented custodians in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old has also broken into the Netherlands squad and was the Oranje’s second-choice ‘keeper at Euro 2012.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is reluctant to lose his number one, particularly after the club allowed Fraser Forster to join Celtic permanently earlier this month, but chairman Mike Ashley is in charge of transfers and may not be able to resist Spurs’ offer.

Krul is happy at St James’ Park but is thought to be willing to listen to any offers from bigger clubs.

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