Krul - Toon want Pieters

Newcastle keeper confirms club interest

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey.   Last Updated: 09/08/11 11:10pm

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has confirmed that the club are looking to sign his Dutch compatriot Erik Pieters.

With the future of current left-back Jose Enrique anything but certain, Newcastle have been looking at alternatives.

They failed to finalise a deal for Swansea's Neil Taylor and have now turned their attentions to PSV Eindhoven's Pieters.

Speaking in Holland as he prepares for Wednesday's friendly with England, Krul confirmed that Newcastle wanted to sign his friend Pieters.

"We are interested," the Magpies goalkeeper told De Telegraaf.

"The coach himself and the assistants have already seen a few matches of PSV and the question now is whether the clubs can work it out.

"Our current left-back Enrique has a contract that expires, however, he won't sign and is interesting many clubs."

Krul admits he would love for Pieters to join him on Tyneside, adding: "Erik is my friend since we played together at the World Championships in Peru in 2005.

"From then we have always kept in touch, regularly send text messages and if possible we get together."

Pieters was due to link up with the Dutch squad but he has been given compassionate leave after the death of his grandmother, while reports suggest he could finalise a move to Newcastle before the weekend.

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