Premier League side Luton Town are closing in on the signing of Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul, according to Football Insider, leaving the Canaries in the hunt for a new shot-stopper.
The Pink Un are reporting that the Netherlands international will undergo a medical with the Hatters ahead of a permanent switch to Kenilworth Road and will be unveiled by the newly-promoted side later this week.
The Dutchman had been Norwich’s first-choice goalkeeper for four and a half seasons, ever since moving to Carrow Road in 2018, but was leapfrogged by Angus Gunn midway through the previous campaign.
However, the veteran’s exit will leave David Wagner needing to fill the backup spot. As a result, journalist Alan Nixon is claiming that the head coach is eyeing up a move for Millwall’s George Long.
Long has been knocked down the pecking order at the Den ever since the arrival of Montenegro national team keeper Matija Sarkic who joined the Lions for a reported £1.2 million two weeks ago.
The promotion-hopefuls are willing to allow Long to leave on a permanent basis and it looks as though the Norfolk-based club will be his preferred destination.
The 29-year-old signed a new deal with Millwall back in January and so Norwich City would have to pay compensation to Gary Rowett’s side.
Long’s exit forecasted?
Long has plenty of experience in English football, having spent several years in League One as Sheffield United’s number ‘1’ before later moving to Hull City and Millwall in the Championship.
Millwall head coach Rowett recently admitted that Long has professed his desire to leave for first-team action should the opportunity arise.
Speaking to Southwark News, Rowett said:
“It’s really, really simple. I spoke to George and he’s very keen to be a number one somewhere if that opportunity arises. And I feel that’s fair for him.”
Leaving one club where he is not the first-choice to join another where he also won’t be the number-one keeper seems like a strange move, yet is also understandable.
There is a greater chance that Long can overleap Gunn at Carrow Road than new signing Sarkic at his current club and so perhaps transferring to the Canaries would be a wise decision in the long run.