According to Football Insider, Leeds United made a £4million bid for Karl Darlow – which was swiftly rejected by the club last month.
Their latest ‘exclusive’ claims this was one of ‘multiple approaches’ made by Leeds over the past year for our back-up shot-stopper, despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Darlow has struggled for game time since the arrival of Martin Dubravka, who has undoubtedly been one of the club’s best players since his arrival in January 2018. He has mainly featured in cup games only, and at 29, a move away to secure first-team football is only right for any player with a bit of ambition.
The goalkeeper was originally signed in a £7million double swoop from Nottingham Forest alongside Jamaal Lascelles in 2014 and was a mainstay in the side that secured promotion from the Championship in 2016-17.
I was actually surprised when Rafa Benitez signed a replacement in that January window because Darlow didn’t really appear to have done anything wrong. His judgement is clearly better than mine though, as Dubravka has been a revelation since his arrival and could arguably be the best goalkeeper outside the top 6.
It was also surprising to hear that we rejected the £4million from Leeds, because of the cover we already have in that area. Rob Elliot is always happy to keep the bench warm and we even have young Woodman chomping at the bit on loan at Swansea, so to let his contract run down doesn’t make much sense to me.
When Darlow does leave in the summer, he will make a fine addition to any Championship team out there. Should he fail to sign a new deal, we’d wish him all the best!