Championship side Middlesbrough are set to intensify their interest in Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow, reports The Northern Echo.
The 26-year-old moved to St James’ Park back in 2015 after a long association with Nottingham Forest, appearing 111 times for the Reds and keeping 35 clean sheets in the process.
And that earned him a move to the North East a few years ago, and last season he helped Rafa Benitez’s men clinch the Championship title by keeping 13 clean sheets in his 34 league appearances for the Magpies, conceding just 32 goals in that time.
However, with Newcastle boss Benitez seemingly on the lookout for another shot-stopper ahead of their top-flight campaign, Darlow’s future at the club appears uncertain, and it’s uncertainty that Garry Monk and Boro are looking to take advantage of this summer.
Recent reports suggest that 38-year-old Monk, who resigned as Leeds boss back in May, has prioritised a move for the English goalkeeper, so much so that discussions have been had with regard to a deal with Newcastle for his services.
The Magpies will be well aware of Boro’s need for a new shot-stopper given that Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan left the club this summer, and are reportedly seeking £8 million for Darlow’s services, some £3 million more than Middlesbrough’s reported opening offer.
And having already spent £15 million on Britt Assombalonga and £9 million on Martin Braithwaite, they are clearly not short of cash, but whether Darlow is another man through the door at the Riverside Stadium this summer very much remains to be seen.
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