Newcastle chase under-21 goalkeeper

Newcastle United manager Alan PardewNewcastle have sent scouts to watch Netherlands under-21 goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, who they have identified as a possible transfer target according to The Daily Mail.

The Tyneside club have a recent reputation for snapping up bargains on the continent, with their scouting network bringing the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote and others to the club for affordable transfer fees.

One such success story is current goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was bought by the St James’ Park outfit back in 2005 for a paltry €220,000, and is now one of the most consistent stoppers in the Premier League and a full international.

Newcastle are eager to snap up another bargain in Holland, and have identified Zoet as a potential superstar in the making.

Chief scout Graham Carr and coach Andy Woodman travelled to watch the tall keeper in action for Netherlands under-21’s against Slovakia on Monday night, and saw the 21-year-old keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory for Cor Pot’s men.

Zoet is registered as a PSV Eindhoven player but has never made an appearance for the senior side; he has been on loan at RWC Waalwijk since last year and is gaining first-team experience in the Eredivisie.

Zoet has also made 14 appearances for the Dutch under-21’s and is highly regarded back in his homeland, where a number of world-class goalkeepers have been produced in recent years.

Newcastle are weighing up a move for Zoet once the transfer window opens in January, who would provide first-team competition for Krul and back-ups Steve Harper and Rob Elliot.

By Gareth McKnight