By Joe Ellis

26th May, 2022 | 8:10pm

West Brom pursuit of Karl Darlow could be over after Manchester United interest

West Brom might be a big fish in the Championship pond but when it comes to teams like Manchester United, there is no contest.

The Baggies and the Red Devils could be set to head into a surprise transfer battle very soon with Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow potentially set to be offered to the Premier League giants in a swap deal with Dean Henderson [The Sun].

Eddie Howe, Magpies manager, wants to bring the England international to St James’ Park to be his new number one in place of Martin Dubravka but United would need another keeper themselves in case of emergencies.

They already have Tom Heaton to play second fiddle to David De Gea but a third choice is always a wise decision and Darlow could be on for a shock move to Old Trafford as a result.

This is a proper kick in the teeth for Steve Bruce and Albion as they were hoping to use the boss’ inside knowledge in the North East to bring the 31-year-old to The Hawthorns to add competition for David Button and Alex Palmer [The Sun].

Sam Johnstone is already leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of June to leave a gap in Bruce’s squad but with Button, Palmer and young Josh Griffiths already signed on for the 2022-23 season, does he even need to sign a new shot-stopper?

If they were hoping to waltz in uncontested and sign Darlow then we could have all foreseen something like this happening and the rug being pulled from under us but if United want to take him in, then let’s allow them to do so because he isn’t a significant enough upgrade to spend money on in all honesty.

In other West Brom news, Albion could have pocketed an eight-figure sum for Johnstone last summer but chose to reject it.

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