Leeds United ‘moving forward’ for Newcastle United ace, manager admits it could happen in ‘next few days’

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A Newcastle United exit is on the cards

Leeds United are edging closer to securing the signature of Karl Darlow from ex-Premier League rivals Newcastle as they look to strengthen their goalkeeping options amid a potential Illan Meslier exit.

Daniel Farke has already welcomed Ethan Ampadu through the door after agreeing a £7 million deal with Chelsea. The defender marks the first signing of the window for the Whites but of course, their summer recruitment won’t be stopping there.

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Leeds United’s pursuit of Newcastle goalkeeper Darlow has been given a considerable boost with the two clubs in advanced talks over a permanent transfer, as reported by the YEP yesterday.

Eddie Howe even addressed the likelihood of Darlow’s move this summer during his latest pre-season press conference. All signs are pointing to the 32-year-old soon arriving at Elland Road.

“Karl is a possible one that might happen in the next few days,” the Magpies boss told the press. “Karl will certainly go with our best wishes. He has been an incredible servant to the football club. We value him, but we can’t carry a team of five goalkeepers.”

Indeed, Newcastle are currently stacked in the goalkeeper department, with Nick Pope and Martin Dúbravka part of the union while Loris Karius has signed a new one-year deal with the club. Leeds on the other hand, are struggling in that area and will be down to just one shot-stopper if Meslier leaves.

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Following their relegation to the Championship, a number of players have been tipped to leave the club as they seek moves back to top flight football. The likes of Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts have already departed on permanent deals, while Robin Koch has gone out on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt. However, Leeds’ target list can defnitely instil some confidence into fans, who will be hoping their stint in the Championship will be much shorter this time round.

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