The young keeper kept 12 clean sheets in 43 games last season at the City Ground, and fast became one of the most sought-after prospects in the Championship.
Along with Forest teammate and England U21 centre-back, Jamaal Lascelles, he reportedly flew into Newcastle on Monday afternoon to agree terms and undergo medicals with the duo likely to be loaned back to the City Ground for a season.
Darlow was a target of Wales in recent months, due to his eligibility for Chris Coleman’s side, but he told FAW bosses he wants to concentrate on his club career and a possible England call-up.
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For Newcastle to capture the young starlet alongside the very impressive Lascelles, is a testament to the fantastic work that has gone on behind the scenes all Summer at SJP. Managing Director Lee Charnley has been cited as the driving force behind much of the negotiations, and there is no doubt he has proven his worth in the wake of his shamed predecessor, Joe Kinnear.
There is little doubt that Darlow will be initially playing second fiddle to Dutch international, Tim Krul, upon his return to Newcastle in 12 months. Nevertheless, if he can continue in the same vein next year at the City Ground, he could well be causing a selection headache for Alan Pardew. And that’s never a bad thing!
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