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Karl Darlow: 'I was close to joining Middlesbrough in summer'

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow admits that he was close to joining Championship side Middlesbrough in the summer before a move to the club fell through.
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Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has admitted that he was close to joining Championship side Middlesbrough in the summer before a move to the club fell through.

Boro reportedly lodged a £5m bid for Darlow as they looked to replace Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan, who both left the Riverside following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Newcastle were only willing to let their stopper leave if a deal - which fell through on deadline day - for West Ham United's Adrian could be reached.

"Potentially I did think I'd played my last game," Darlow told the Newcastle Chronicle. "It has been pretty well documented, the position I was in during the summer, and what was happening, but playing for Newcastle was something I never gave up on.

"I was pretty close to leaving. I hadn't got as far as my farewells to my teammates. I had met and spoken to their manager and it was all ready to go.

"Newcastle were waiting on signing another goalkeeper and it fell through for another reason. Thankfully it did because I am still here and playing for the team again. It's all good for me."

Darlow, who has pushed on following the transfer window, has asserted himself as the Magpies' first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Rob Elliot. body check tags ::

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1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City26173667293854
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2666143045-1524
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418
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