Sky Sports journalist and North East reporter Keith Downie has today revealed a shock update coming out of Newcastle United involving Loris Karius.
The Lowdown: Darlow injury
Downie reported this morning that Karl Darlow has picked up an ankle injury in training, meaning that the St. James’ Park outfit only have two fit senior goalkeepers available in Nick Pope and Mark Gillespie.
Martin Dubravka was allowed to leave on loan to Manchester United in the transfer window, and so Eddie Howe has been left a little short for players he can call upon in between the sticks.
The Latest: Karius inbound
Taking to Twitter, Downie has revealed that free agent Karius is ‘on the verge’ of signing for the North East club after Darlow’s latest injury setback, adding that he is already in Newcastle for a medical:
“Newcastle are on the verge of signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius following an ankle injury to Karl Darlow in training yesterday. Karius is a free agent & already in Newcastle for a medical ahead of short-term move.”
The Verdict: Shock
It will come as a shock to the Toon Army that they are about to sign Karius, even though the window has closed.
Of course, clubs can still sign free agents outside of the transfer window, and Karius is currently without a club after last playing for Union Berlin in Germany.
Should Newcastle sign Karius?
But Tyneside supporters will remember him most from his disastrous spell at Liverpool, where he made two howlers that cost his team the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid back in 2018, and also lost his starting place in his first season at Anfield.
Nonetheless, Karius at least brings Premier League experience, and so could provide sufficient cover to Pope until Darlow returns from his injury.
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