Newcastle yet to make bid for PSV Eindhoven keeper Zoet

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NEWCASTLE United are interested in PSV Eindhoven keeper Jeroen Zoet – but they are yet to make a bid.

Boss Alan Pardew wants to strengthen his goalkeeping options after the departure of long-serving Steve Harper.

And Holland Under-21 cap Zoet has been earmarked as a potential recruit.

Reports in Holland suggest the Magpies have had a £1.7million bid rejected by PSV.

However, it is understood that Newcastle are yet to move for the 22-year-old, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at RKC Waalwijk and has another year left on his PSV contract.

There could be movement in the transfer market when director of football Joe Kinnear returns from holiday next week.

Newcastle’s priority is a striker, but a goalkeeper is also on Pardew’s wishlist. Rob Elliot is likely to start the season between the posts, with first-choice stopper Krul still recovering from the dislocated shoulder he suffered in April’s Tyne-Wear derby defeat.

Krul has been backed to come back stronger from the injury by United goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman.

He said: “Tim was brilliant last year. He will come back next year and his shoulder will be fine.”

Elliot, signed two years ago from Charlton Athletic, impressed last season during Krul’s absences through injury.

Woodman added: “Robbie’s adapted very well, and I think there’s a lot more to come.”

However, it’s clear Pardew and his staff feel they need to sign another goalkeeper after Harper’s departure, even though Jak Alnwick, 20, and Jonathan Mitchell, 18, have been handed contract extensions.