Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park since the arrival of the in-form Martin Dubravka, and Championship duo Leeds United and Aston Villa are ready to make an offer for the ‘keeper in January.

Leeds United and Aston Villa will battle it out to try and secure the signature of Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow, according to The Sun. 

Leeds United’s goalkeeper crisis has been on the tongues of United fans throughout the first half of this season, especially since loanee Jamal Blackman suffered a broken leg in a reserve game against Birmingham City. Some of Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s form has come under question from fans as well, and when he was ruled out injured versus Bristol City, youngster Will Huffer had to step in between the sticks.

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Aston Villa’s goalkeeper situation has also been a cause for concern for fans. Norway’s Orjan Nyland has put on some questionable performances, including in Villa’s 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest, where Nyland failed to make a single save.

Since joining from Sparta Prague in January for £4 million, Martin Dubravka has been brilliant for Newcastle United, keeping Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Leeds-linked youngster Freddie Woodman out of the first team picture.

Darlow has grown unsettled at St James’ Park, and is now being linked with a move to Championship promotion contenders Leeds United and Aston Villa.

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The former Nottingham Forest man played a big part in helping Newcastle back to the Premier League in the 2016/17 Championship season, playing in 34 games, keeping 13 clean sheets as The Toon won the Championship ahead of Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Magpies will reportedly demand £4 million for Darlow, but the 28-year-old will be keen to make a move away to find some consistent first team football, even if it means dropping out of the Premier League. However, with Villa and United both pushing for promotion, his stay outside of the top tier may not last long.

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