Wednesday brought fresh rumours linking Tim Krul with a move away from Newcastle United this summer.

The Dutch goalkeeper has many admirers, with AC Milan and Juventus being linked with a move for the 26-year-old stopper.

Krul has been with Newcastle since 2005 and made his debut for the Magpies against Palermo in the UEFA Cup, producing a memorable performance in a 0-0 draw.

But his nine-year affiliation with the Geordies could be under threat as he starts to question Newcastle’s ambitions. Newcastle currently sit ninth in the Premier League table, far from the European places and unlikely to mount a serious challenge any time soon.

Krul’s international career is hugely important to him and after he was left out of a recent friendly by Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal, he was said to be devastated. The Newcastle number one has eyes on the World Cup this summer and hopes to be Van Gaal’s first choice but this setback could have been the moment where he starts to question his long-term future at Newcastle.

The Magpies have been linked with potential replacements for Krul should he decide to opt for pastures new, with PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet and Celtic’s Fraser Forster mentioned recently.

And it’s hard to argue a more perfect choice than Forster, who could improve his chances of breaking into the England team with a move to the Premier League and is a born and bred Geordie.

The 6’7” goalie left Newcastle to join Celtic three years ago as he searched for permanent first team football and the timing could be perfect if he was to come back to Tyneside, with his reputation going from strength to strength thanks to his impressive performances in the Champions League.

However, any move for the giant stopper would hinge on Krul leaving, something Toon fans would not want to see after another impressive season from the Dutchman.