Leeds United target could join for free next summer following recent Newcastle United snub

Leeds United target Karl Darlow could join the club on a free next summer following a recent snub by Newcastle United according to Football Insider.

The Whites made a move to sign the 28-year-old on either a loan or permanent deal in the last transfer window however they were snubbed by Newcastle.

The Magpies rejected the approach from Leeds as they saw Darlow as being the deputy to Martin Dubravka this season.

Newcastle will find it difficult to keep hold of Darlow next summer once his current contract expires as it is expected that Dubravka will keep the number one goalkeeper jersey and Darlow will be looking for regular first team football allowing him to leave for free.

Darlow moved to St James’ Park from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2014 and the keeper has made 60 appearances for Newcastle and was a key player in the side that got promoted from the Championship under Rafael Benitez.

But he has played just 19 times in the Premier League and has been forced to play as a backup keeper to Dubravka over the last 18 months.

Darlow started the League Cup defeat on penalties to Leicester City last month but has been on the bench for each of Newcastle’s four Premier League games this season.

Leeds currently have Casilla as their number one choice keeper and he has started the season well however as was evident in the last campaign he is open to errors and Darlow, who has plenty of experience at this level, would be a more than capable first-choice keeper.

Should the Whites get promoted it would also be seen as a more promising opportunity for Darlow should he wish to prove himself in the Premier League.

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