Newcastle United are in talks over signing 27-year-old goalkeeper Karl Darlow to a new five-and-half-year contract, according to a report.
The deputy news editor of sport at the Guardian, Ed Aarons, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Magpies have begun discussions over a new long-term deal for their shot stopper, with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2020.
Karl Darlow is in talks with Newcastle over a new 5-and-a-half year contract #nufc
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) January 9, 2018
News of a new contract will come as a complete shock to Newcastle fans, who saw last season’s first choice between the sticks axed for the last couple of games in the Championship, before starting this season firmly as number two behind Rob Elliot.
Darlow revealed that he was on the verge of exiting the north east side over the summer, with a move to local rivals Middlesbrough all set after he had visited the club, which will add to the Toon Army’s surprise that he is being tied down to a new deal.
Since arriving from Nottingham Forest, he has made 53 appearances for the club, seven of which have during the current campaign, conceding 56 goals and keeping 20 clean sheets.
He replaced Elliot in the starting XI for four games earlier in the season after the Republic of Ireland international showed some poor form, but Darlow failed to impress resulting in the two swapping back over, before his counterpart’s injury has seen him return to first choice.
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