After Vito Mannone error, Sunderland should look at Newcastle man

Newcastle United's Karl Darlow

Sunderland should get a new goalkeeper - and Newcastle United's Karl Darlow could fit the bill.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone did himself no favours on Saturday.

In front of new manager Simon Grayson, the Italian, who played second fiddle to now-Everton man Jordan Pickford last season, made a farcical error which ultimately led to St Johnstone's first goal in what ended up being an embarrassing 3-0 defeat.

Sunderland's Vito Mannone celebrates

It was hardly the best way in which to endear yourself to a new boss and Grayson would be forgiven for wondering whether he should sign a better keeper this summer.

If so, should Sunderland ask North-East rivals Newcastle United about Karl Darlow?

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has seemingly told the 26-year-old that he can leave this summer and Middlesbrough, according to The Sun, had a £5 million bid rejected this month. With the club getting £30 million for Pickford, Darlow's price-tag wouldn't be an issue.

Of course, joining the Black Cats would make him something of a hate figure on Tyneside, but the fact is that he needs games and has already proven himself a fine keeper.

Darlow made 34 Championship starts last season in helping the Magpies win Premier League promotion. Some would argue that he is unlucky to be deemed surplus to requirements afters his efforts last term, in fact.

Would he join Grayson's troops? Why not. He had no affilitation with Newcastle until his move to St James's Park from Nottingham Forest two years ago and sentiment is unlikely to be a huge factor if he were to ponder a switch to Wearside.

Newcastle United's Karl Darlow celebrates

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