Leeds confirm £400,000 signing of Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow who will join the Yorkshire club on a three-year deal
- Leeds have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Karl Darlow on a three-year deal
- He’ll join the Yorkshire side on a £400,000 transfer after Joel Robles’ departure
- Darlow had left Newcastle’s pre-season camp in America to complete the move
Leeds United have confirmed the £400,000 signing of goalkeeper Karl Darlow from Newcastle United on a permanent deal.
The 32-year-old has signed a three-year deal which will keep him at Elland Road until 2026 and is the club’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Ethan Ampadu from Chelsea.
In a statement released on Saturday the club said they were ‘delighted to announce the signing’ of the experienced shot-stopper while also claiming they had ‘beaten a number of other clubs’ to acquire him.
Mail Sport reported earlier this week that the Whites had been closing in on a deal to sign the Nottingham Forest academy graduate.
Darlow had been in talks with Bournemouth over a move to the south coast but that move fell apart after the Cherries signed Inter Milan’s Ionut Radu.
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow (pictured) has signed for Leeds United on a three-year deal
The goalkeeper was set to move to Bournemouth but that move had fallen through and has now completed a £400,000 transfer to the Yorkshire club
Writing on Twitter, the keeper said: ‘Very proud to call to call #LUFC my new home! I’m ready for a new challenge & looking forward to getting going. Big season ahead to get this club back to where it belongs #LUFC.’
He added in a separate post: ‘Leaving @NUFC was always going to be incredibly tough, a fabulous club with a very special fan base.
‘My family and I have made incredible friends and unforgettable memories from our time in the north east that will always stay with us.
‘I would like to thank every player and staff member I’ve worked with throughout my time at the club and especially you Geordie fans for your continued support always. To see the club now with such momentum and optimism ahead makes me proud to have been a part of.
Thank you all again and good luck for the future, I will be following!’
The goalkeeper had two years remaining on his contract at Newcastle, having featured in two of their pre-season friendlies.
Eddie Howe’s side have been playing in the Premier League Summer Series in the US and Darlow was allowed to leave their pre-season camp early to complete his move to Leeds.
Darlow (pictured) had been in pre-season training with Newcastle in America but left the camp to finalise his move to Leeds
It comes as Leeds are looking for cover for Joel Robles, who left the club as a free agent
He spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull City, making 12 appearances in the Championship for Liam Rosenior’s side, with his last appearance for the Magpies came in August 2022, in their second round Carabao Cup win against Tranmere.
After joining the club in 2014 from Forest for an undisclosed fee, Darlow would be loaned back to The Reds, for a season, before going on to make 100 appearances in a nine-year stint at Newcastle.
It comes as Leeds lost Joel Robles departed the club as a free agent earlier this summer while Leeds are expecting offers for Illan Meslier so are looking for cover in between the sticks.