Newcastle United in shock move for free agent following Liverpool exit

Newcastle United are close to signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius – after Karl Darlow suffered an injury in training.

Sky Sports report that Darlow tore ankle ligaments yesterday, and is facing a spell on the sidelines. Martin Dubravka, loaned to Manchester United last week, can't be recalled until January. The 33-year-old left after losing his place to Nick Pope.

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Karius, 29, left Liverpool this summer after a loan spell at Union Berlin, and is available as a free agent. Pope, signed from Burnley this summer in a £10million deal, is Eddie Howe’s first choice goalkeeper. United’s head coach also has Mark Gillespie available.

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The deal for Karius must be completed today, as clubs need to confirm their 25-man Premier League squads a week after the closure of the transfer window.

Howe has 25 eligible players for the squad, including Darlow, as it stands. Darlow, depending on the severity of the injury, could be left out of the squad.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.Former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.