Leeds United will pay a fee of just £400,000 to sign Karl Darlow from Newcastle United, reporter Keith Downie has said.
32-year-old shot-stopper Darlow has been heavily linked with a move to the Championship this summer, with a host of sides vying for his signature as he prepares to leave Newcastle United.
Leeds United have been among the admirers and with the necessary pieces falling into place, it emerged earlier this week that the Whites were expected to get the deal for Darlow wrapped up.
Previous reports have said a deal could cost as much as £5m, a perhaps steep fee given Darlow’s age and place in the pecking order but an understandable one given his pedigree. Now though, reporter Downie has said the sum is way lower.
Speaking on Twitter, Downie said that Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has confirmed Darlow is Elland Road bound for a medical.
Not only that, but he added that the fee is in the region of just £400,000.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 27, 2023
A bargain for the Whites
Getting a goalkeeper of Darlow’s quality for a six-figure fee presents a fantastic deal for Leeds United. There is no mention of add-ons but with a fee of only £400,000, you would think that there will be some included in this agreement.
Darlow might have fallen down the pecking order at Newcastle United but he was a great servant for them in a tough time, helping them return to the Premier League and then aiding their efforts to consolidate their place back in the division before Martin Dubravka signed and became no.1.
Daniel Farke will be hoping Darlow can do the same at Elland Road, aiding them in their fight for top-flight football and then – if they get there – keeping them in the Premier League in the years to come.