Leeds have been linked to two Newcastle goalkeepers.
Leeds United’s hopes of signing Karl Darlow have received a blow, with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez stating he is not available.
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.
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?
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.