According to the Chronicle Live, Leeds United and Swansea are thought to be interested parties in bringing Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow into the Championship.

Darlow is supposedly rated at around £2m and the Toon could look set to let him pave a way out of St. James’ Park with the imminent signature of Martin Dubravka expected to come in the next few weeks, with Swansea City and Leeds United thought to be interested in securing the goalkeepers signature.

Darlow enjoyed his first bit of success in the Championship with Nottingham Forest, a club in which he made 64 appearances between the sticks, before then signing up with Newcastle United.

Given the fact that Dubravka is set to come in and Newcastle also still have Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman on their books, they need to free up some money for Rafa Benitez’ transfer budget. Darlow’s good reputation in the Championship and the interest of both Leeds and Swansea means that a move away from Newcastle is looking increasingly likely this summer.

Leeds United are thought to be in for a goalkeeper after Felix Wiedwald’s (picture below) shaky season in the Championship and with the club looking to enjoy a stronger campaign in the 2018/19 season, Darlow would bring in an assured pair of hands and some real confidence between the sticks at Elland Road.

Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald (13) during the EFL Cup match between Leicester City and Leeds United at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England on 24 October 2017. Photo by Dennis Goodwin.

Whilst Swansea are beginning to adjust to life in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League, bringing in a strong team to help them get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking is a clear priority for the Welsh club. Darlow is a sensible target, given the fact that he’s been there and done it and Championship and Premier League.

 


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