Date: 11th January 2019 at 11:15am
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EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Leeds’ United hopes of signing Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow are over with the Magpies refusing to let him leave during this month’s transfer window, Football Insider¬†understands.

Leeds had targeted a move for Darlow as they look to bolster their goalkeeping options this month and had held extensive talks over a possible deal for the former Nottingham Forest shot-stopper.

However, a well-placed source has told Football Insider that Darlow looks set to stay at Newcastle this month with Rafa Benitez blocking any loan or permanent move for the 28-year-old.

The news is a blow for Leeds and Darlow as both parties were keen to get a deal done during this month’s transfer window

Leeds are seeking experienced keeper to provide cover and competition for current No.1 Bailey Peacock-Farrell and former England U21 man Darlow was their top target.

Darlow was also interested in a move to Elland Road in search of regular first-team football, having made just one appearance in the Carabao Cup for Newcastle so far this season.

Leeds are now set to look elsewhere for a new goalkeeper and Football Insider sources understands they are now looking at Spain for a possible new goalkeeping arrival.

In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be revealed the club have opened preliminary talks to sign the leader scorer of the league leaders.