By 90Min
August 31, 2017

Newcastle's Tim Krul has moved closer to joining fellow Premier League club Brighton on a season-long loan deal.

Sky Sports have reported that the goalkeeper has been the subject of an enquiry from the Gulls ahead of Thursday's 11pm transfer deadline.

That claim has been backed up by Argus football correspondent Andy Naylor, who has stated that Krul is already en route to the south coast to undergo a medical ahead of trading one English top flight newcomer for another.

Krul would be reunited with former Magpies manager Chris Hughton at Brighton when he officially joins them from Newcastle - the pair having worked together in the north-east before Hughton was sacked in December 2010.

The 29-year-old shot stopper has been frozen out of the first-team picture under current Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez and, with his contract due to expire at St.James' Park in July 2018, will want to use his temporary stint at the Falmer Stadium in a bid to increase his stock for any would-be suitors.

Krul spent last season on loan at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar after Benitez informed him that he was surplus to requirements but, upon joining the former, failed to make a single appearance for the Dutch giants as he continued to battle back from a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained with Newcastle in October 2015.

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He did feature on six occasions for Ajax's second string in the Jupiler League, but Ajax opted against holding on to their former star for the second half of the campaign.

The Den Haag-born footballer turned out 22 times for Alkmaar upon joining them in January, but has returned to Newcastle with his future still up in the air after Benitez declined to reintegrate him into his squad.

Krul, who has made 185 appearances across all competitions for the Magpies, will contest the number one jersey at Brighton with fellow summer arrival Matt Ryan

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