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Bad news for Marcelo Bielsa’s goalkeeper search as Leeds United end interest in number one target

Leeds United have ended their interest in Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow, according to The Mirror. 

Leeds United and Newcastle United have failed to come to an agreement over a deal for Toon ‘keeper Karl Darlow, The Mirror are reporting.

Marcelo Bielsa told Leeds Live last Friday that he was looking to bring in a goalkeeper to fill the void left by Jamal Blackman after he suffered a broken leg back in November when playing for the reserves against Birmingham City. He added that he was looking to bring in a playmaker after the departure of Samu Saiz to Spanish side Getafe on loan.

Now, reports are emerging that Leeds United have ended their chase for Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Leeds had reportedly made Darlow their number one target for January, but they have now ended their interest in the former Nottingham Forest man.

Marcelo Bielsa favoured a loan deal for Darlow, while Newcastle were pursuing a permanent move for the ‘keeper, valuing the Englishman at £4 million. The Whites have now decided to look for other goalkeeping options, with Newcastle sticking to their guns.

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.

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.

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