Newcastle rejected an approach from Leeds United for fringe goalkeeper Karl Darlow this summer, according to Football Insider.
The Whites had launched an enquiry to sound out their chances of landing the 28-year-old shot-stopper on loan or through a permanent deal, but saw their advances rebuffed by the Magpies.
Leeds were in the market for reinforcements between the posts this summer, as the Elland Road natives allowed youth product Bailey Peacock-Farrell to join Burnley for a reported £2.5million (BBC).
Before the Clarets sealed a deal for the Northern Irishman, Leeds were still contemplating the future of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, whose errors in West Yorkshire following his winter arrival raised doubt over his long-term future at the Championship club.
Darlow was therefore considered as an early candidate to replace what would become a vacant role in Marcelo Bielsa’s ranks, as the Northampton-born man was thought to be keen on securing regular football having entered the final year of his Newcastle contract, where he featured just once all season in 2018/19 (TransferMarkt).
Leeds’ pursuit soon fell cold, and Football Insider have now revealed that was because Newcastle refused to negotiate a potential deal for Darlow, and are now willing to see the Nottingham Forest product hit free agency next summer so long as he remains Martin Dubravka’s understudy for the remainder of the term.
It remains to be seen if Leeds missing out on Darlow was a positive or a negative for the West Yorkshire outfit, as the 28-year-old would have arrived at Elland Road without tasting regular football since Dubravka arrived at Newcastle in January 2018.
Since then, Darlow has only been involved in Premier League action as an unused substitute, while his two outings in the Carabao Cup saw the Northampton-born shot-stopper concede four goals (TransferMarkt) – three of which came against his boyhood side Forest, a team that ended 2018/19 ninth in the Championship.
Failing to secure a deal for the £3.15million-rated (TransferMarkt) Magpies fringe option also led Leeds to secure Illan Meslier’s services on a loan-to-buy arrangement with FC Lorient, and the 19-year-old Frenchman impressed some of the Elland Road faithful (via HITC) when he made his U23s debut against Millwall.
If the Lorient product can repeat more of those performances in the junior ranks, he may prove to be the better option, and one that can work towards replacing Casilla in the first-team.
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