Arsenal Plan £6m Newcastle United Raid

Emirates Stadium side keen on St James’ Park regular.

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Arsenal are lining up a £6m bid for Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul according to the Daily Star.

Arsene Wenger had been looking to bring in experienced QPR keeper Julio Cesar but the Brazilian looks set to join Napoli which has left the Gunners boss targeting Magpies custodian Krul

Reports in Holland state that Wenger is ready to make an opening offer of £6m for 25 year old Krul, but that may not be a big enough sum to persuade Alan Pardew to consider selling his undisputed number one goalkeeping option.

Wenger is keen to bring in a solid player to field between the sticks and provide real competition to Polish pair Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.

Arsene Wenger sold Vito Mannone to Sunderland leaving him with two potentially error prone options to pick from.

Krul has made 107 appearances for Newcastle United and is considered one of the most consistent performers in the English top tier and could perhaps be tempted by a move to the Emirates Stadium and the chance of a first taste of Champions League football.

Krul challenges the likes of Michel Vorm, Maarten Stekelenburg and Kenneth Vermeer for Louis van Gaal’s attention and a move to Arsenal could certainly help the lanky keeper’s push to secure a more prominent role in the Dutch national team set-up having started just one of his country’s six World Cup qualifiers thus far.

Szczesny had impressed early on his Arsenal career but the Pole made a number of high profile errors last season and Wenger is clearly looking to bring in a quality keeper to keep the youngster on his toes.

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