According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United are keen for Karl Darlow to sign a new contract at St James’ Park, but the goalkeeper wants assurances before agreeing terms.
Darlow joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in 2014, and made nine Premier League appearances for the Magpies during the 2015-16 campaign before appearing on 34 occasions in the Championship one year later.
The 27-year-old, who is valued at £4m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has made 12 first-team appearances for Newcastle this term, but has lost his place in the team since Martin Dubravka arrived during the January window.
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle are keen to extend Darlow’s contract, but the English goalkeeper wants assurances over playing time.
Indeed, it is understood that the former Forest youngster is keen to determine whether he has a reasonable chance of regaining his position as number one before deciding to commit his long-term future to Rafael Benitez’s side.
Darlow was impressive for Newcastle last season, but he has largely struggled to replicate that form during the 2017-18 campaign, which prompted Magpies boss Benitez to enter the loan market to sign Dubravka.
Dubravka is widely expected to join Newcastle on a permanent deal at the end of the season, which places Darlow’s future in severe doubt.
Rob Elliot is also still present at St James’ Park, and it will be difficult for Benitez to keep three experienced goalkeepers happy during the 2018-19 season.
Darlow, who has previously been linked with West Ham United, will not be short of interest in this summer’s transfer window, and it might be best for the stopper to move on in search of regular first-team football, which is exactly what he requires at this stage of his career.