First sale of the summer lined up as club reignite interest in Newcastle’s £5m man – Alan Nixon

According to an ‘exclusive’ from The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow will be targeted by fellow North East club Middlesbrough this summer as they seek out a new number one.

This isn’t the first time Boro have been linked with a move for the NUFC stopper, with it reported back in 2017 that they had a £5m bid rejected for the former Forest man.

The second-choice shot-stopper has been at the club since 2014, with him and club captain Jamaal Lascelles swapping the City Ground for St James’ Park in a surprise double deal.

Darlow has only appeared eight times this season in place of the injured Martin Dubravka, who has retained his starting position upon his return and become a regular under Eddie Howe.

The 31-year-old had a good run of form in the 2020/21 season, stepping in well following a foot injury to the Slovakian. He made 25 appearances and some even debated whether he was good enough for an England call-up, albeit at a back-up option.

However, with Howe believed to be in the market for another goalkeeper to compete with Dubravka, it is now likely that Darlow will seek a move away from Tyneside – and it may well be a move that makes sense for all parties.

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