Date: 5th July 2019 at 5:57pm
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Blackburn Rovers have taken an interest in signing Newcastle United keeper Karl Darlow, according to Sky Sports.

The sports news outlet claim that the Championship club are interested in replacing their current stopper David Raya, who is closing in on a move to Brentford, with the Magpies shot-stopper.

Sky Sports report that Blackburn are yet to send an offer to the North East club for the 28-year-old, who only made one appearance under Rafael Benitez last season.

Darlow’s singular outing was in their EFL Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest near the start of the 2018/19 season.

The Shields Gazette have reported on their live blog (05/07) that they value the keeper at £4million.

OPINION

It could be in Newcastle’s best interests should they keep Darlow this summer. With a reported summer exodus potentially waiting to happen, Martin Dubravka could also be set to leave the club. Rob Elliot would the club’s other option, but Newcastle have apparently made it clear that he should find another club this summer. Should both of these things materialise, Darlow could be set for an extended spell between the sticks at St James’ Park. Having said this, Darlow might be open to a potential exit, mainly down to the fact that he has only made a total of 13 appearances in the last two seasons. At 28-years-old, Darlow will surely be wanting a move that would see him guaranteed consistent first-team football, whether that be in the Championship or the Premier League. If Dubravka stays in the North-East, those chances will be slim-to-none after the 30-year-old was ever-present in the league for the Magpies last year, impressing when keeping 11 clean sheets.