Forster loan deal moves a step closer

Paddy DavittNorwich City's loan bid to land Fraser Forster received a double boost yesterday with Newcastle reportedly ready to sanction a fresh loan spell coming in the wake of Championship rivals Leeds recruiting Kasper Schmeichel.Paddy Davitt

Norwich City's loan bid to land Fraser Forster received a double boost yesterday with Newcastle reportedly ready to sanction a fresh loan spell coming in the wake of Championship rivals Leeds recruiting Kasper Schmeichel.

Magpies' boss Chris Hughton has reportedly confirmed young Dutch stopper Tim Krul will again be Steve Harper's back-up for Newcastle's Premiership return after playing a minor role in the Geordies' Championship promotion.

Krul is approaching the final year of his existing deal but wants to remain at St James' long term to press his claims to succeed Harper on a permanent basis.

Hughton is now poised to grant current third choice Forster's wish to continue his footballing education at Carrow Road after playing a pivotal role in City's League One title success.


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Canaries' chairman Alan Bowkett confirmed last week talks were ongoing between the clubs with Forster on record as saying he would welcome a return to Norfolk following a campaign that saw him crowned players' player-of-the-year. The 22-year-old had been strongly linked with a loan move to Leeds following the release of Danish stopper Casper Ankergren but United boss Simon Grayson yesterday unveiled Schmeichel as his first close season capture.

Grayson revealed Schmeichel had snubbed interest from the Premier League to agree a two year Elland Road contract to become his new number one.

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'After releasing Casper Ankergren, we wanted to bring another goalkeeper in, and Kasper has had an excellent season at Notts County,' said Grayson. 'There were a lot of Premier League clubs interested in him, but he wanted to come here. He's got a fantastic ability, he's a winner, and he is determined to take this club forward. He has some fantastic qualities and he will provide us with good competition for places which is what we want.'

Schmeichel won the League Two title with County this season before leaving Meadow Lane as part of cost cutting measures.

'I've been talking to clubs, and when the question was raised about interest from Leeds I said yes,' he said. 'I've grown up in England, know a lot about English football, and I know Leeds is one of the biggest clubs in the country. There were other opportunities, but Leeds has everything, It's a massive club and has a massive fan base. I hope that we will do really well but the Championship is a weird and different league. Look at Blackpool last season, who came from nowhere and got promoted.'

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