Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez's comments are a double blow to Leeds, and an opportunity

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts on the touchline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on December 9, 2018 in...

Leeds have been linked to two Newcastle goalkeepers.

Newcastle United's English goalkeeper Karl Darlow (R) comes out to save this shot from Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between...

Leeds United's hopes of signing Karl Darlow have received a blow, with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez stating he is not available.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report Leeds have enquired over Darlow's availability.

Benitez said firmly: "We are not really interested in selling anyone.

"The only one (goalkeeper) that is available in the window is Rob Elliot."

 

Darlow is second choice at present to Newcastle's Martin Dubravka.

Benitez's comments are a double blow to Leeds, as it also rules out the possibility of Freddie Woodman leaving.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts on the touchline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on December 9, 2018 in...

The Chronicle reported last month that Leeds enquired about a potential loan deal for the England under-20 World Cup winner. 

But if Benitez's comments are to be taken at face value all is not lost for Leeds.

What about Rob Elliot?

Newcastle United's English-born Irish goalkeeper Rob Elliot kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium in...

Elliot fits the bill for what Leeds need, a reliable alternative to Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

He made 16 Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season and would surely fancy the chance to try and bounce back to the top flight with Leeds.

Elliot is a Republic of Ireland international. Prior to an ACL injury in March 2016 he was first choice for club and country.

Darlow and Woodburn may be off the table, but with Elliot available, Leeds should consider a move for the 32-year-old instead.

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