Manchester United is considering Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow and Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann as back-ups to Dean Henderson’s impending departure.
Darlow, 31, has been suggested to United by Newcastle as a possible replacement for Henderson, who is hoping to join Eddie Howe’s side.
Darlow, a former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper, is aware of the negotiations but is now on post-season leave. Darlow faced United twice last season, saving a penalty from Bruno Fernandes in Newcastle’s 4-1 home defeat.
Bachmann, 27, has started 13 occasions for Austria since making his debut last year and has played 12 Premier League games for Watford this season.
United are open to using Tom Heaton as their backup goalkeeper, depending on the quality of the keeper they sign.
Heaton, 36, returned to United last year with the expectation of becoming the club’s No.2 keeper, but he only made one appearance as a substitute in the Champions League group stage tie with Young Boys.
According to sources close to Henderson, United has been a “stumbling obstacle” in his desire to move on after only three appearances in 2021-22.
The 25-year-old has no objections to leaving United permanently, but the club has never sanctioned a permanent sale and has preferred a loan arrangement with Newcastle.
Henderson’s exit has been delayed due to United’s desire to have a replacement lined up. Lee Grant, United’s fourth-choice goalkeeper last season, retired on Thursday.
The deal was supposed to happen in the January transfer window, but Dubravka refused, and it fell through.
Newcastle’s remaining games were all played by Dubravka, and the club has now offered Darlow in a loan swap. Darlow and Henderson are under contract with their respective teams until 2025.
Darlow came back from a major case of Covid-19 to play eight games for Newcastle this season, while also being on the bench 26 times.