Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has emerged as a transfer target for Championship side Watford.
According to a report from the Sunday Mirror (page 62, 18/4), the English stopper is being eyed by the Hornets, who are chasing promotion back to the Premier League.
Darlow has seen his minutes dry up at St. James’ Park, with Steve Bruce bringing Martin Dubravka back into the starting XI.
Darlow had enjoyed a fantastic start to 2020/21 deputising for the injured Slovakia international.
He’s had some fantastic performances, with Alan Shearer calling him ‘brilliant’ back in December.
But his form dipped at the start of 2021, leading to Bruce dropping him back to the bench.
Dubravka’s form has generally been good since his return to the starting XI and has arguably vindicated Bruce’s decision, which was said to have upset Darlow (The Athletic).
It’s claimed by the Mirror that Watford are looking for a long-term replacement for Ben Foster, 38, and Darlow apparently fits the bill.
The Hornets are said to be preparing a £6 million move.
Darlow should be allowed to depart
Newcastle gave Darlow a new contract last year, meaning they’re in a strong position over the goalkeeper.
£6 million doesn’t seem a great deal for someone who has proven himself very capable at Premier League level.
Newcastle shouldn’t stand in the way of an exit for Darlow, but at the same time the club need to ensure they are fairly compensated.
Also, a deal should only be done if, say, Freddie Woodman is brought back into the first-team picture to compete with Dubravka.