TIM Krul is hopeful that Newcastle will sign more players of the calibre of Loic Remy before the transfer window closes.
Remy, signed from QPR on a season-long loan, is the Magpies’ only summer acquisition so far.
A move for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis broke down last week, and Fulham are confident of signing another target, Aston Villa frontman Darren Bent.
Bent is expected to undergo a medical at the London club after a loan fee was agreed, though Fulham manager Martin Jol yesterday said he wasn’t “100 per cent” certain the proposed deal would be completed.
Newcastle have been involved in discussions over a move for ex-Sunderland forward Bent, who is understood to be keen on a move to Tyneside.
Whatever the uncertainties surrounding the pursuit of targets, what is certain is the need for two more signings.
Newcastle players last week welcomed Remy to the club, and fit-again goalkeeper Krul – who hopes to play in Monday night’s season-opener at Manchester City – feels the 26-year-old is exactly the type of signing that take the club forward.
“Loic Remy’s given everybody a boost – that’s what everybody’s been waiting for,” Krul said.
“They’re the kind of players we like to sign.
“Newcastle is such a big club, and those are the kind of players that are going to make us better. We’re definitely delighted with that.”
Newcastle’s aim is a top-10 finish, and Krul – fully fit after recovering from the dislocated shoulder he suffered in April’s derby defeat to Sunderland – is optimistic about the Magpies’ chances of again challenging for a European place.
Krul had to watch from the sidelines as Alan Pardew’s side battled relegation in the final few weeks of last season.
After an intensive pre-season campaign, the 25-year-old Holland star feels the players are ready for the challenges ahead of them.
“Everybody looks fit and sharp,” said Krul.
“Pre-season’s not all the results – it’s about fitness and confidence.
“It’s nice to get the chance to play behind the boys again and have that feeling.
“Three and a half months is a long time, and I’m looking forward to the first game. It’s going to be a season where we have to take it game by game.
“I think we belong in the top 10 – 100 per cent.
“Like the gaffer (Alan Pardew) said before, we’ll look where we are in January and February.
“Hopefully, we’ll do what we did two seasons ago.”