Noel Whelan has insisted that Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow would be a “fantastic signing” for Leeds United as the Whites make a move for the shot-stopper.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Whites were looking at the Magpies’ keeper last season but that nothing came of their interest, revealing he was excited then as he is now.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider on Thursday, Leeds have made an approach to sign the 28-year-old either on loan or permanently as he heads into the final year of his contract on Tyneside.

Whelan says that Darlow is the sort of character and personality every squad needs to improve, insisting the Newcastle man could make the world of difference at Elland Road.

“He’d be a fantastic signing,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“An English based player, good communication, did really well at Newcastle, a player that Leeds looked at last season on loan but nothing ever materialised. He would be a fantastic signing for Leeds if we can get hold of him.

“I was quite excited last season because he’s got the experience, he’s played in the Premier League, he’s an organiser from the back, his communication will be good because he’s English. You need that sort of experience and you need those sort of players in key areas because they make a difference.” 

Darlow managed to make just one appearance for Newcastle last season, coming in a League Cup defeat to former side Nottingham Forest, as he acted as the understudy for Martin Dubravka.

He has played a total of 59 times for the Magpies and has 19 Premier League and 140 Championship games under his belt to date.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a senior player at Elland Road has told his agent to find him a new club despite having plenty of time on his current contract.