Middlesbrough Bid Puts Newcastle Potential Deal in Doubt

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There is news coming out of London today that Middlesbrough, who are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper, have bid £5M for Darren Randoph of West Ham.

The Hammers are close to taking England International goalkeeper Joe Hart on a season loan deal to London.

And Middlesbrough have recently allowed both goalkeepers Victor Valdes and American Brad Guzan to leave the club this summer – so they need to sign a goalkeeper for next season in the Championship.

That bid is a similar £5M bid that was made for Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow a few weeks back but turned down, so we suppose that puts some question mark on whether the Smoggies are still interested in Karl.

Darren Randolph – West Ham goalkeeper – may be available
It was also possible that a swap deal between Karl Darlow and 21 year-old Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore was possible, but there has to be some doubt about that potential deal too.

But the Hammers will not let Randolph leave until the Joe Hart loan is a certainty – the news is that while it’s close it has not been fully worked out yet.

We cannot see Newcastle being interested in signing Darren Randolph, because he is no better than goalkeepers already at the club – Karl Darlow, Rob Elliott and Tim Krul.

We think Rafa is still hoping we can attract Pepe Reina to Newcastle, but push will have to come shove fairly soon and we need to sign some players for next season – hopefully still some of our top targets.

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