Leeds United are set to miss out on Karl Darlow in this month’s transfer window, according to a latest report from Football Insider.
The Yorkshire Evening Post had previously reported that the Whites were tracking Darlow and were weighing up a bid for the goalkeeper in the near future.
But Football Insider now understand that Newcastle boss, Rafa Benitez is blocking any permanent or loan approach for the shot-stopper.
It certainly is a strange stance taken by the Magpies manager, as Darlow has only made one appearance in all competitions which will surely frustrate Darlow.
The 28-year-old hasn’t made a league appearance for the Premier League side since February 2018, and he has fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park this season.
It is thought that Leeds are now looking into other alternatives to Darlow, with Spain emerging as one of the countries that they are targeting a goalkeeper from.
But how big of a blow is this latest news for Leeds?
“I’d say it’s a massive for Leeds.
“There is no doubt that they need a goalkeeper to rival Peacock-Farrell, and Darlow is arguably the pick of the lot.
“He played an integral part in Newcastle’s promotion to the Premier League, and could definitely cut it at Championship level.
“Bielsa may live to regret this one.”
“Darlow was perfect for Leeds, just the right man for the job in hand.
“He was experienced, desperate for a chance and young enough to keep on developing under Bielsa.
“They’re going to have to work hard to rescue this window.”
“This is a frustrating blow for Leeds.
“They need to sign a well established goalkeeper, and Darlow is certainly that.
“Bailey Peacock-Farrell hasn’t performed consistently to a high standard, and Bielsa will now have to find an alternative option to challenge the shot-stopper for a starting spot.”