According to The Sun’s north-east reporter David Coverdale, Aston Villa and Leeds have identified £4m-rated goalkeeper Karl Darlow as a January target.
The former Forest man has slipped down the pecking order at the club following the arrival of Martin Dubravka earlier in the year, and it sounds like he could be on the move in the new year after a total lack of first-team football so far this season.
Here’s a snippet from David Coverdale’s latest piece for the Sun:
KARL DARLOW is a £4million January target for Leeds and Aston Villa.
The Newcastle keeper, 28, has lost his No1 spot at St James’ Park since Martin Dubravka’s arrival.And Darlow could now be on the move next month with the two Championship promotion hopefuls keen.
The stopper is currently out with an elbow injury but will be back fit before the New Year.
Darlow has played just once all season (in our league cup defeat at Forest) but is more than capable of playing at a promotion chasing Championship club.
Aston Villa have struggled for clean sheets all season, while Leeds are facing a goalkeeping crisis of their own, with them recently being linked with a loan move for Freddie Woodman as a result.
A move to either club would surely suit all parties.