Chelsea are planning a £15 million bid for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul.

The Mail on Sunday says Roman Abramovich has agreed to bankroll a big-money offer for the 24-year-old Dutchman after growing concerns at Chelsea over the form of Petr Cech.

Chelsea's determination to land Krul on £90,000-a-week wages has knocked Sunday's FA Cup semi-final opponents Tottenham out of the race for the highly rated keeper.