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Reading push to sign Karl Darlow

Reading push to sign Karl Darlow

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Darlow heading back to the Championship?
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Championship club Reading will lodge an attempt to sign Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow as they seek to push for promotion next season. The Royals missed out on their top-flight return by virtue of a penalty shoot-out loss to Huddersfield Town in the play-off final.

Darlow, 26, had been the mainstay in the Magpies goal last term as he managed 34 appearances during their Championship-winning campaign.

Initially, it was expected that Darlow could potentially compete with Rob Elliot for the number one role next season, but Rafael Benitez has other plans with a new goalkeeper being his priority, The Mirror reports.

Reading shot-stopper Ali Al Habsi is closing on a move to Saudi club Al Hilal, and they have set their sights on Darlow, who could be available for a fee of around £5m.

The Magpies have been linked with several high-profile goalkeepers including Joe Hart and Pepe Reina this summer with Benitez desperate to avoid a relegation scrap next season.

Florian Lejeune and Christian Atsu remain the only notable signings for Newcastle United during this summer's transfer window.