Newcastle United fans have taken to social media to react in shock over claims that Karl Darlow is in talks over securing himself a new long-term deal with the club.
The Guardian’s deputy editor of sport, Ed Aarons, has reported on his personal Twitter account that the Magpies have opened discussions on tying the 27-year-old down at St James’ Park, in what would be viewed as a truly surprising move by the club.
Karl Darlow is in talks with Newcastle over a new 5-and-a-half year contract #nufc
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) January 9, 2018
The former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper confirmed earlier in the season that he was on the brink of departing the club for good, having agreed a deal to join north east rivals Middlesbrough, but a deal fell through and he remained on Tyneside.
However, having ended last season behind Rob Elliot in the pecking order after playing much of the Championship campaign in the starting XI, he remained as second choice for their return to the top flight, the Republic of Ireland international the regular starter under Rafael Benitez.
Fans have turned to Twitter to voice their opinions over the talks, with many unsure at offering the shot stopper such a long-term deal:
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
He hasn’t convinced me during his time at Newcastle, although had a fab last game…
— Toon Toon (@letswaitandsee9) January 9, 2018
Be like a new signing (mumbles Ashley)
— Stephen (@dustyrerds) January 9, 2018
Wtf. I can understand a new contract to protect value (not sure when expires?) but 5.5 years is a surprise!
— Alastair Campbell (@alastair10) January 9, 2018
Strange especially when he could of been sold in the summer
— Jordan Morris (@JordNufcmorris) January 9, 2018
Odd as hes argueably not first choice plus is common knowledge rafa wants to bring in a better keeper
— Duncan Mason (@Duncan_Mason) January 9, 2018
I'd be surprised if this Darlow rumour is true.
— John (@1892JP) January 9, 2018
This season has seen Darlow make seven appearances across both the league and the cups, to total 53 outings across all competitions for the Magpies since joining from Forest back in 2015, with his current contract set to expire in 2020.
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