Leeds United’s hopes of striking a deal to bring in Karl Darlow in this month’s transfer window are all but over according to Football Insider.
It had previously been reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post that the Whites were eyeing a swoop for the Newcastle goalkeeper, who has struggled for game time this season in the Premier League.
But a source has told Football Insider that Rafa Benitez is blocking any permanent or loan move for Darlow this month, which will be frustrating news for Leeds.
Darlow has fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park this season, and it remains to be seen as to whether he will breakthrough to the Newcastle starting XI anytime soon.
The shot-stopper has made just one appearance this season in all competitions and is evidently out of favour with Benitez at this moment in time.
Leeds are in the market for a goalkeeper this month after Jamal Blackman was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a broken leg suffered in an under 23’s game.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell is currently first-choice goalkeeper under Marcelo Bielsa this season, but he has struggled for consistency between the sticks.
A well placed source has also revealed to Football Insider that Leeds are now turning their attentions to finding another shot-stopper in Spain as opposed to an English born talent,
“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.”