Sky Sports confirm Middlesbrough have had a £5m bid rejected for NUFC stopper

It has been confirmed this afternoon by Sky Sports and local press that Newcastle have turned down a £5m bid from Middlesbrough for goalkeeper Karl Darlow – claiming a second bid is expected with Reading and Aston Villa also interested.

It was reported earlier this week that Reading were eyeing a £5m bid for the 26-year-old stopper, with Jaap Stam confirming their interest, however it is Gary Monk’s Middlesbrough who have moved first.

After showing interest in Pepe Reina and Joe Hart, it is clear Rafa Benitez is on the lookout for a new no.1 this summer, putting Darlow’s future in doubt given the plethora of goalkeepers on our books (Elliot, Krul, Sels, Woodman, Darlow).

Whilst Darlow’s sale could fund a move for Pepe Reina, I would be reluctant to sell him, especially for a fee in the region of £5m, which doesn’t do a young, capable English goalkeeper justice given the inflated transfer fees being thrown around this summer.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

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