Should Villa look at Darlow and Elliott with Newcastle exit reportedly imminent?

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa walks off the pitch at the half time whistle during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough...

Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot are expected to leave Newcastle United this summer, so should Aston Villa take a closer look?

Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United gestures during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town at St. James Park on March 31, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United are once again targeting the goalkeeper position as one to change during the summer ahead of the 2018/19 season.

According to the Sun, Martin Dubravka is set to make his loan move from Sparta Prague a permanent one in a £4m deal, while unwanted Paris Saint-Germain stopper Alphonse Areola is also a £16m target.

This new direction from manager Rafa Benitez means there is no longer room in his squad for Karl Darlow or Rob Elliot and the Magpies will listen to offers for the duo.

Karl Darlow (R) and Robert Elliot of Newcastle United (L) warm up prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley,...

Where next?

Both players are under contract at St James' Park until 2020, but are likely to be sold for relatively modest fees having been deemed surplus to requirements.

The pair were given opportunities by Benitez this term, with Darlow making 12 appearances and Elliot 16, and arguably still have plenty to offer to someone else.

Which is why Aston Villa should maybe take a closer look. Sam Johnstone has been their undisputed number one on their run to the playoff final this term and while the Villans are keen to sign the Manchester United loanee permanently, football.london reports that West Ham United are also interested.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa walks off the pitch at the half time whistle during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough...

If the Birmingham club are promoted - with a Wembley showdown with Fulham on May 26 set to decide that - then landing the 25-year-old will become more likely, but whatever the scenario should Darlow and Elliot still be considered?

After all, either could provide adequate competition for Johnstone in the Championship or top flight, while in the second tier in particular they both have the potential to excel as first choice.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch