By Wayne Veysey
Newcastle United are set to take a multi-million loss on Karl Darlow after snubbing a bid from Leeds United in the summer, Football Insider has learned.
As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds made a move to sign the 28-year-old either on loan or permanently when they were searching for a new goalkeeper in the summer.
Newcastle rejected the Yorkshire giants’ advances as they wanted Darlow to be the deputy to established number one Martin Dubravka this season.
A Magpies source has told Football Insider that the club were willing to accept a massive financial hit on the 6ft 3in keeper, who has entered the final year of his contract and can leave on a free transfer next year.
Darlow moved to St James’ Park from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2014 as part of a double deal with Jamaal Lascelles that was worth around £7million.
The keeper has made 60 appearances for Newcastle and was a key player in the side that got promoted from the Championship under Rafael Benitez.
But he has played just 19 times in the Premier League and has been forced to play second fiddle to Dubravka over the last 18 months.
Darlow started the League Cup defeat on penalties to Leicester City last month but has been on the bench for each of Newcastle’s four Premier League games this season.
In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider who the most important player is in the Magpies squad.