Leeds United are interested in signing Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow if they can find a new club for Kiko Casilla this summer, according to Football Insider.
Casilla joined Leeds from Real Madrid on a free transfer in January, signing a four-and-a-half-year deal at Elland Road, but the club’s failure to win promotion from the Championship last season means he is now regarded as an expendable asset.
The Spaniard went on to keep six clean sheets in 19 appearances for Leeds last season, but was criticised by fans for some questionable performances towards the end of the season, including in the play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County.
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has drawn up a list of potential replacements for Casilla and Newcastle goalkeeper Darlow is thought to be one of his top targets.
The 28-year-old is currently out of favour at St James’ Park and did not feature at all for Newcastle in the Premier League last season.
Darlow is a good goalkeeper and he could be a decent signing for Leeds, but that obviously depends on whether they can offload Casilla this summer.
He is still relatively young for a goalkeeper and he has got plenty of experience in the Championship with both Newcastle and Nottingham Forest, so he could turn out to be a good signing.
Darlow is currently well down the pecking order at St James’ Park so he may be tempted to leave Newcastle this summer in search of a new challenge. He has got one year remaining on his contract at Newcastle, so the club could be tempted to sell him this summer.
If Leeds do end up signing Darlow, it will be interesting to see who Bielsa’s first-choice goalkeeper is next season, as they’ve got a very talented shot-stopper on their books in Bailey Peacock-Farrell.