Brighton and Hove Albion have completed a deadline day swoop as they have completed a loan deal for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul. They confirmed the news on the club website just minutes before the summer transfer window closed at 11pm on Thursday night.
Who is he?
An experienced Holland international with plenty of game time in the Premier League under his belt. The 29-year-old spent parts of last season on loan at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar in his native Holland.
What’s the deal?
It’s a season long loan deal that takes Krul to the south coast. At present, it’s not clear if there is any kind of option for Chris Hughton’s side to make it a permanent move.
What does his arrival mean for Brighton?
He will compete with Matt Ryan and Niki Maenpaa in goal, but it is far from a vote of confidence in the two goalkeepers. That is particularly the case for Ryan, who only joined from Valencia earlier this summer.
Krul will bring experience between the sticks and he may well help Ryan adapt to life in the Premier League. Who will be first choice will only be found out next weekend.
What’s the reaction?
Manager Chris Hughton was delighted with the late deal as he told the club website:
“I know Tim from my time at Newcastle and he is an excellent professional that has a vast amount of experience at both club and international level. He’s played an extensive amount of games in the Premier League, as well as playing in the Europa League and his experience will also help benefit the other keepers in the squad.”
Fans were also pleased, but many were left wondering why the club had not invested their time, effort and money into signing a striker to lead their front line.