Transfer roundup: Middlesbrough’s £5m bid for Newcastle’s Karl Darlow rejected

• Rafael Benítez willing to allow goalkeeper to leave St James’ Park
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Middlesbrough and Newcastle United are discussing Karl Darlow’s potential transfer to the Riverside, despite Garry Monk having a £5m bid rejected.

Although Darlow was Rafael Benítez’s first-choice goalkeeper as his side won the Championship title, Newcastle’s manager is not entirely sold on a player whose admirers include Aston Villa and Reading. It is understood an improved offer from Boro will almost certainly prompt his departure.

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