Newcastle reject Middlesbrough's bid for Karl Darlow

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow
Image: Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow

Newcastle have rejected a £5m bid from local rivals Middlesbrough for goalkeeper Karl Darlow, Sky sources understand.

Middlesbrough are preparing a second bid for the 26-year-old with Aston Villa and Reading also thought to be interested.

Darlow started his career with Nottingham Forest before joining Newcastle in 2015.

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He made 10 Premier League appearances in the 2015-16 season after Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were injured and became the first choice for manager Rafael Benitez in last season's title-winning Championship campaign.

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