According to an exclusive from Football Insider’s Peter O’Rourke, Leeds United will make a move for Karl Darlow if they can offload current number one Kiko Casilla.
This isn’t the first time Darlow has been linked with a move to Elland Road, and it’s now being claimed that he features prominently in a shortlist drawn up by Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and director of football Victor Orta.
The piece from Football Insider actually claims that the 28-year-old came close to arriving at Leeds prior to Kiko Casilla’s arrival from Real Madrid in January, but states the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement at the time.
O’Rourke states that Newcastle will not sanction any move for Darlow until a new manager arrives, however it may make sense for all parties if we agreed to let him move on.
After all, he made just ONE appearance last season – coming in our Carabo Cup defeat at Forest in 2018 – and doesn’t look remotely likely to challenge Martin Dubravka’s spot in the first team.
He’s entering the final year of his contract, he’s nearing his 30’s and doesn’t appear to have a long-term future at the club, so it may be wise that we cash in while we can still get a fee for him.
On the subject of incomings, it’s actually been reported today that we’re on of the sides keen on Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, but I take that with a pinch of salt given his alleged £30m valuation!