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Middlesbrough suffer blow in pursuit of Newcastle United man

Middlesbrough may have already secured the signing of goalkeeper Liam Roberts from Northampton Town, but they are looking to sign another this window.

Middlesbrough have been linked with many shot stoppers already this summer, with Newcastle United’s Karl Darlow one of the first names to be mentioned.

However, Darlow may now be unattainable, with fresh reports claiming Newcastle United want to keep the 31-year-old on their books.

This does not rule out a temporary loan move away from St James’ Park of course, but indicates they are not open to selling the player outright.

The Magpies have just signed Burnley and England goalkeeper Nick Pope on a long-term deal, and he will likely be the number one choice next season. Pope joins Darlow, Martin Dubravka and Mark Gillespie in Eddie Howe’s squad.

Speaking to Give Me Sport, Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie claimed that as Newcastle United want to keep Darlow, Dubravka could in fact be the one to depart, suggesting Darlow would provide back-up to new signing Pope.

“My understanding is that Karl Darlow has been told he’s got a future at the club, so that leaves a bigger question mark over Martin Dubravka,” he said.

“There was a little bit of talk over him leaving in January, but it didn’t materialise at the time.”

If this is to be the case, Middlesbrough may need to turn their attention towards other targets this summer.

Who else have Middlesbrough been linked to?

Middlesbrough have allowed four goalkeepers to leave the club either permanently or on loan already this window, and they are also prepared to listen to offers for Luke Daniels. This means Chris Wilder is wanting to bring in a replacement.

The Teessiders have been linked to several other goalkeepers, with the likes of Watford’s Ben Foster, Manchester United’s Tom Heaton, and Crystal Palace’s Jack Butland all on Boro’s radar.

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