Leeds United will have to dig into their funds if they want to sign goalkeeper Karl Darlow next month, as Newcastle United will only accept a permanent departure of the shot-stopper.

The Whites, who are leading the race for promotion from the Championship, have been linked with wanting to add Darlow to their squad following the loss of loanee Jamal Blackman to injury.

However, according to the Chronicle, Newcastle are only prepared to let Darlow leave Tyneside if there is a permanent cash offer for the shot-stopper.

Leeds are keen to loan Darlow, but Newcastle are only prepared to accept cash for their second-choice goalkeeper during the January transfer window.

Marcelo Bielsa is running thin on options between the sticks for Leeds, with only Kamil Miazek and Will Huffer ready to replace first-choice option Bailey Peacock-Farrell in case of an emergency.

Despite the interest from Leeds, Newcastle are prepared to play hard-ball during negotiations by demanding a permanent transfer for the shot-stopper.

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The 28-year-old, who joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in 2015, is still only recovering from an elbow injury and is expected to be back in action by January.

Darlow has a contract with Newcastle that runs until 2020, but it remains to be seen whether Leeds can lure him away from Tyneside.