Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has revealed that the club were on the verge of securing another goalkeeper on the summer and that he was on the brink of leaving for Middlesbrough.
The former Nottingham Forest man had played much of last season as first choice between the sticks, with Matz Sels failing to impress after his arrival and with Rob Elliot ruled out for the majority of the season due to injury.
Upon Elliot’s return, Darlow dropped to the bench for the final fixtures of their sole season in the Championship, with manager Rafael Benitez heavily linked with a move for a new shot stopper over the summer window.
Now the 27-year-old has revealed that the club were on the brink of securing a new goalkeeper, reported by the Chronicle to have been West Ham’s Adrian, which in turn had seen Darlow’s exit to north east rivals Middlesbrough lined up.
He had visited Boro and held talks with manager Garry Monk over his proposed move, but with Adrian’s move falling through, Darlow remained at St James’ Park and has found himself reinstated in the first team line up in recent weeks.
He told the Chronicle: ”
I was incredibly close to leaving (for Middlesbrough). I hadn’t got as far as my farewells to my team-mates.
I had met and spoken to their manager and it was all ready to go. Newcastle were waiting on signing another goalkeeper and it fell through for another reason.
“Thankfully it did because I am still here and playing in the team again. It’s all good for me.”
Darlow has made three appearances for the Magpies this season, with a total of 49 outings under his belt since signing from Nottingham Forest.
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