Newcastle United scout competition for Krul

Jeroen ZoetNewcastle United are said to have sent scouts to watch PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet in action as they look to bring in competition for Tim Krul, according to the Daily Mail.

Manager Alan Pardew was said to be keen to bring in a stopper during the transfer window, but a deal could not be agreed.

The retirement of long serving goalkeeper Steve Harper means Pardew is in the market for a new number two, and may well look to bring in Zoet in January.

Newcastle were a club that came under heavy criticism for their transfer business during the summer, with newly appointed director of football Joe Kinnear taking most of the flak.

The former Wimbledon boss was only able to bring in striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan from QPR, and failed with bids for strikers Bafetimbi Gomis and Darren Bent.

The news that Pardew missed out on bringing in a new goalkeeper is also likely to do little to help Kinnear win over the Newcastle fans, who have been highly critical of their former boss since finishing fifth in 2011/12.

The signing of the highly rated Zoet may go some way towards appeasing the clubs supporters, although PSV are thought to be demanding up to £6 million for the youngsters services.