Everton and Middlesbrough have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul following the confirmation Matz Sels is heading to St James Park. Both Premier League sides are in the hunt for a goalkeeper this summer, and are targeting the Holland international.

Voetbal International have claimed Krul could now leave Newcastle United during the transfer window after Newcaslte United signed Sels from Belgian side Gent for a fee of €6.5m.

Due to Newcastle United’s relegation to the Championship last season, the future of Krul at the club is in doubt. The Dutchman wants to remain playing at the highest level, and with the Sels transfer being the third highest ever in Belgian football for a goalkeeper it seems he has been brought in to replace Krul.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman will be on alert with these latest developments as he looks to replace the departed Tim Howard. Krul’s compatriot Maarten Stekelenburg has also been linked with move to Goodison Park, with the club also holding talks today with Steve Mandanda’s agent.

However, they will face competition from Middlesbrough for Krul after they lost out on Sels to Newcastle United.