Aston Villa linked Karl Darlow nearly joined title-winning Chelsea for £8 million
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Aston Villa linked Karl Darlow nearly joined title-winning Chelsea for £8 million

Aston Villa are believed to be in the hunt for a new goalkeeper in January. Summer signing Orjan Nyland has struggled in the Championship and Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is said to want a new recruit.

One name being linked with a move is Karl Darlow. The Newcastle United goalkeeper, who was released by Aston Villa as a 16-year-old, is a £4 million target, according to The Sun.

He is struggling for regular football at St James’ Park, with Martin Dubravka, Freddie Woodman and Rob Elliot all in competition.

Aston Villa could, therefore, get the keeper relatively cheap and hopefully solve their goalkeeping dilemma.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Karl Darlow of Newcastle United reacts as Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace scores a goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images)

It is quite the turnaround for Darlow when it comes to January transfer interest. Nearly two years ago, it looked like he could be on his way to Chelsea.

As reported by The Sun in January 2017, Antonio Conte wanted Darlow to come in as the backup keeper for Thibaut Courtois.

It came after Asmir Begovic expressed a desire to join Bournemouth and Chelsea targeted a replacement second-string stopper. Celtic man Craig Gordon was their first choice, but Darlow soon emerged as a £8 million target for the Italian and Chelsea.

In the end, no deal was agreed and Begovic remained. Darlow missed out on a potential Premier League winner’s medal as a consequence.

Two years later, he might be on his way to Aston Villa for half the price.

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