Newcastle United are "on the verge" of signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius to solve their injury crisis.
Karius is currently a free agent after being released by the Reds at the end of last season following six years at Anfield, although he did not play for Liverpool during his final four years with the club. Sky Sports report that Newcastle are close to signing Karius after Karl Darlow suffered an ankle injury in training on Wednesday.
The German keeper can be signed outside of the transfer window due to his status as a free agent and is already in Newcastle for a medical before signing a short-term deal with the club.
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According to the report, scans have shown Darlow has torn ankle ligaments and is expected to be sidelined for a considerable period of time.
His absence leaves Eddie Howe with just two senior goalkeepers, Nick Pope and Mark Gillespie, with 30-year-old Gillespie without a senior appearance in two years and none in the Premier League ever.
Meanwhile, previous number two Martin Dubravka cannot be recalled from his loan at Manchester United until January at the earliest, leaving Newcastle short of options.
The arrival of Karius is set to solve this issue, though, with the 29-year-old set to fill-in for Darlow as back-up for first choice stopper Pope.
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Karius made 49 appearances during his six years in Merseyside, with his final appearance coming in the 2018 Champions League final.
Two crucial errors in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kyiv put an end to Karius' Liverpool playing career, even if he would remain on the books for another four years.
He would go on to be loaned out to both Besiktas and Union Berlin, but has not made a senior appearance since his final match for Union in February 2021.
Provided the signing can be registered in time, Karius will be in line for a place in the matchday squad when Newcastle travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United on Sunday.
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