A Manchester City goalkeeper switch has narrowed the Newcastle United escape routes for now third choice Karl Darlow.
The experienced Magpies’ keeper had been on the wanted list of Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder this summer - and hopes had been high a deal could be brokered with United’s North East neighbours.
However, Boro have turned their attentions to Man City’s USA international stopper Zak Steffan.
And reports suggest Wilder & Co could even complete a deal for the player this week, after Steffan asked to leave the Etihad with games rare in what is a World Cup year.
The arrival of Steffan would end Boro’s interest in Darlow, who will be allowed to leave United this summer despite having three years left on his Tyneside deal.
Darlow has been interesting West Brom, managed by former United boss Steve Bruce, however, wages may prove a stumblign block in any second tier departure, as is the case with the likes of Jeff Hendrick and Dwight Gayle.
The former United No.1 finds himself third in the goalkeeper pecking order following the summer arrival of England international Nick Pope, who is expected to usurp Martin Dubravka between the sticks at St James’ Park.