Exclusive: Newcastle close to agreeing second sale as Leeds hijack Bournemouth

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EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle close to agreeing second sale as Leeds hijack Bournemouth bid

Karl Darlow is leaning towards a summer move to Leeds United, despite serious interest from Bournemouth.

The Cherries have been in talks with Newcastle this week over a deal for the 32-year-old, but the Whites are back in the mix and the new favourites to land the goalkeeper.

Leeds suffered relegation to the Championship in May and are thought to be offering a lower salary than Bournemouth. However, the opportunity to play regular football at Elland Road appeals to the shot-stopper, with Illan Meslier expected to move. Bournemouth’s offer of Premier League football carries plenty of appeal, though he could find himself behind Brazilian stopper Neto.

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Relocating to Yorkshire would also keep Darlow closer to the North-East, which has become his new home after nine years on Tyneside, where he’s started a family with fiancée Lucy.

Newcastle have been pushing for a fee in the region of £5m – a price that put off the likes of Hull City and Middlesbrough – but the club are likely to accept slightly less in order to move another senior player off the wage bill, with Allan Saint-Maximin also closing in on a £30m move to Al-Ahli.

After featuring in recent pre-season friendlies against Gateshead and Rangers, Darlow has been given permission to fly back from our USA camp and is expected to finalise his future in the coming days.

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