Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be hoping the signing of Martin Dubravka is a sign of things to come this summer.
The Magpies have completed a deal of £4million to make the Slovakia international’s stay with the Toon Army a permanent deal and the locals will hope Rafa Benitez will be able to get a few more bodies in the door.
However, one man that was rumoured to depart St. James’ Park is prepared to stay at the club and is determined to sign an extension to his current deal. According to a report in the Newcastle Chronicle, Karl Darlow is keen to fight for his place in the first-team, despite Dubravka’s arrival.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a possible move to Leeds United this summer, with the number of shot-stoppers at Newcastle starting to build and the Magpies will be keen to offload at least one of them.
Indeed, talks between Darlow’s camp and the club are reportedly underway, just hours after the club completed Dubravka’s signing.
It is admirable that Darlow would like to remain in the north-east and fight for his place in the side following Dubravka’s permanent switch, however, it is unlikely that he will get first-team football with the Magpies.
The locals will feel that he has a better chance of making it elsewhere and would have been looking for him to leave the club in order for Benitez to have funds available to build the team in other positions.
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