EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Leeds United face competition from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest in a major twist in their pursuit of Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow, Football Insider can reveal.

Leeds have held several rounds of talks about signing Darlow when the transfer window reopens in January.

However, a well-placed source has told Football Insider that Darlow’s former club Nottingham Forest have now shown an interest in the keeper.

Darlow spent eight years at Forest after joining the club’s academy from Aston Villa and he made over 110 appearances for the club before his move to Newcastle in 2014.

Forest boss Aitor Karanka is considering strengthening his goalkeeping options after seeing his side lose two of their last three Championship games to drop out of the play-off positions.

Leeds have made a new goalkeeper their No.1 priority in January after seeing loan signing Jamal Blackman return to Chelsea following a serious leg injury.

Darlow is Leeds’ top target to bolster their goalkeeping ranks and the 28-year-old is understood to be keen on a potential move to Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, the club have been hit by a shattering centre-forward blow.