Newcastle ‘closes to shock move for Liverpool flop Loris Karius as free agent arrives for medical treatment prior to signing as an emergency option’… after number 2 goalkeeper Karl Darlow suffered an ankle injury in training
- Loris Karius is currently a free agent after Liverpool chose not to renew his deal
- Sky Sports claims the German will now undergo a medical in Newcastle
- Scans confirmed No. 2 choice Karl Darlow has suffered ruptured ankle ligaments
- Martin Dubravka has joined Man United, leaving behind Nick Pope and Mark Gillespie
Newcastle are reportedly close to closing the signing of Loris Karius as an emergency option following an injury to Karl Darlow.
Liverpool flop Karius – who played 49 games for the club, including a fateful Champions League final in 2018 – has been a free agent since leaving Anfield in the summer.
But air sports are reporting the 29-year-old German – who was loaned out to Besiktas and Union Berlin at Anfield – will undergo a medical on Tyneside before signing a deal.
Newcastle are reportedly close to closing the signing of Loris Karius as an emergency option
The Magpies rush to strike a deal after it is confirmed that Nick Pope’s understudy, Darlow, has suffered torn ankle ligaments from scans following his training injury.
Newcastle’s other established top goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka, was loaned out to Manchester United at the end of the transfer window that concluded last week.
And the same outlet claims the Magpies cannot remember the 33-year-old Slovakia international until the January transfer window under the terms of his contract at Old Trafford.
Former Carlisle and Motherwell shotstopper Mark Gillespie – who joined Newcastle for three years in 2020 – is the other option available to Eddie Howe, but has only played in the League Cup since returning to the club 12 years after leaving.
That has led Newcastle to opt for a deal to sign Karius, who is sadly remembered for the two mistakes he made in their 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. the last competitive game he played for the Reds.
Karius came to Liverpool in 2016 where he was immediately thrown into the first team but was dropped for Simon Mignolet midway through the season after making some costly mistakes.
He would regain his place the following season, making 33 in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.
However, the German was directly guilty of two of the goals scored during the defeat of the Champions League final in Kiev.
He first threw the ball straight to Karim Benzema, who opened the score, before fidgeting a long-range attack from Gareth Bale into the back of the net later in the game.
Karius spent the next three years on loan, two seasons with Turkey’s Besiktas and another year with Union Berlin.
He spent the past year at Liverpool but did not appear all season, with Alisson, his replacement after the 2018 Champions League final, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Speaking to Sky Germany earlier this summer, Karius admitted he had his ‘ups and downs’ at Anfield.
“There were ups and downs. It’s part of the game, that’s football, but I’ve developed as a person,” he said.
‘The level at which we worked every day and the professionalism that everyone radiates was unique.
“I have that I have never experienced it before and that is why we have celebrated many successes there. I will take this determination to my next job.
He added: ‘I am free and can make my own decisions. This is a new situation that I am looking forward to. A new challenge is coming, but that’s always good. I’m ready, mentally and physically.’