Report details why Newcastle United have delayed Loris Karius transfer arrival
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Report details why Newcastle United have delayed Loris Karius transfer arrival

It appears it is not only Newcastle United’s Premier League fixture with West Ham United that has been impacted by this week’s passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A report from the Chronicle is suggesting that the death of the monarch is the reason behind the delay in the Loris Karius transfer announcement. 

It was reported throughout the week that the Magpies had agreed a deal to sign the ex-Liverpool stopper. Karl Darlow is out with an ankle injury until 2023 and the German is seen as a decent back-up for number one Nick Pope. 

In fact, multiple sources, including the transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, even reported that the deal was done – signed, sealed, delivered. 

So has Karius signed for Newcastle United or not?

However, the day after Romano made that claim, the United Kindom was plunged into mourning at the death of the Queen. According to the Chronicle, Karius has indeed signed, but the official announcement was delayed out of respect. 

Newcastle were left with little choice but to enter the free agent market after the injury to Darlow. It left just Mark Gillespie as a senior option behind Pope, following Freddie Woodman’s permanent move to Preston North End in the summer. 

Is Karius the right man for Newcastle United?

The reaction to it being Karius that Newcastle signed has not been resoundingly positive. Most Toon fans’ aboding memory of Karius will be his infamous fumbles that cost Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final v Real Madrid.

He has hardly pulled up trees in recent loan stints at Besiktas and Union Berlin either but there was a time that Karius did enough in the Bundesliga to convince Jurgen Klopp to splash out £4.7m for his signature. 

Klopp even had a huge amount of praise for Karius after he made a stunning save to deny Mo Diame in a game against Newcastle back in 2018.

Newcastle fans will just hope that when Karius is called upon to take up the reins from Pope, they get that version of the 29-year-old German.