There could be a goalkeeper merry-go-round at Newcastle United this summer.
The Magpies have been linked with bringing in a new stopper, while there is talk that Karl Darlow could leave the club.
According to the Athletic, the 31-year-old is a target for Middlesbrough, who are looking for a new number one. Boro are also looking at Leicester’s Daniel Iversen, who could leave the King Power on loan.
The Athletic’s report adds that Newcastle are in the market for a new goalkeeper, and any new arrival would open the door for Darlow to exit the club.
So could Middlesbrough’s reported Darlow interest accelerate a move for the latest goalkeeper linked with joining Newcastle?
Newcastle want to sign Nick Pope
Eddie Howe’s side are reportedly interested in signing Nick Pope. Sky Sports recently claimed that he could leave Burnley this summer to remain in the Premier League, and that Newcastle are keen.
He would provide competition for Martin Dubravka, who has played all but one game since Howe became Toon boss. In fact, Pope could end up replacing him.
Howe wants more competition in between the sticks, seemingly unconvinced by Darlow’s ability. He’s a great goalkeeper, but perhaps not Premier League quality.
Toon will want to sign new stopper before allowing Darlow to depart
If Newcastle are to let Darlow leave, they must sign a replacement first. It would be unwise to let Darlow depart beforehand, and potentially risk no keeper arriving before the start of the season, especially given talk that Freddie Woodman could also exit St James’ Park. He’s been linked with Preston.
Moving players on will be a big part in Newcastle’s summer – Isaac Hayden is the only first-team player to leave so far.
So with Boro keen on Darlow, the Magpies will be keen to allow him to move to the Riverside and get him off the books.
To do that we need a replacement, so perhaps Boro’s Darlow interest could force Newcastle to push through a quick deal for Pope.
That would suit all parties. Newcastle get the kind of quality keeper they’re looking for. Pope gets to remain in the Premier League. Burnley get the money they need to boost their financial woes. Then Boro potentially get a new first choice keeper and Darlow gets the first-team football he craves.