Is Karl Darlow better off at Forest, than Tottenham or Liverpool?

Karl Darlow has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Spurs, but would his development be better served by staying at Nottingham Forest?

Mauricio Pochettino’s first signing as Tottenham Hotspur manager could be Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow, according to the Daily Mail.

Darlow was instated as Forest’s number one last season, going on to be a mainstay in the side and one of their stand-out performers in an ultimately disappointing campaign where they missed out on a playoff place on the final day.

As a result he is thought to have caught the eye of Pochettino, and the Argentine is hoping to make him one of his first additions at his new club.

Spurs are known to be in the market for a new stopper, having seen Heurelho Gomes depart for Watford this summer, and if Darlow was to sign it would be likely that he would be utilised as back-up for Hugo Lloris.

The former Aston Villa trainee would be in competition with Brad Friedel for a spot on the bench, but with Friedel having adopted a new role as Spurs’ American ambassador Darlow may be at an advantage – with his entire attention focused on playing.

It is thought that the 23-year-old would demand a sizable fee, but Spurs will also have to compete with Liverpool if they are to secure Darlow’s transfer.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are determined to add to their squad after securing Champions League football again last season and have also indentified the Forest ‘keeper as a potential target.

The question for Darlow is whether it is the right time for him to move on.

He will be guaranteed a starting berth in Stuart Pearce’s new look Forest side and, therefore, he could easily be playing regular Premier League football very soon, if the club meet their aims and achieve promotion this season.

As such, he may well still be tempted to remain at his current club, if he feels that playing regular first-team football will be better for his development in the long-term than having to make do with fleeting appearances for two of the Premier League’s top-four hopefuls.

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