Veteran English goalkeeper Ben Foster turned down the chance to sign for Newcastle United earlier this month. This is according to the report from English media outlet Football Insider. It was reported that Ben Foster was the preferred choice for Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe in his quest to sign a short-term goalkeeper replacement for the injured Karl Darlow. The Magpies had to turn to German shot stopper Loris Karius after they were rejected by Ben Foster.

Newcastle United started this summer with three goalkeepers following the signing of England international Nick Pope from Burnley. The Magpies were boosted with the arrival of Pope from Burnley after the Clarets joined Watford and Norwich City as the three relegated teams from the Premier League at the end of last season. Newcastle United paid around £10m to sign Pope from Burnley during this summer's transfer window.

The Magpies had three good goalkeepers this summer with Pope added to the duo of Karl Darlow and Martin Dubravka. However, the goalkeeping options available to manager Howe was reduced from three to two after Slovakian shot stopper Dubravka asked to leave Newcastle United for Manchester United. His wish was granted by senior Newcastle United officials though Howe was reluctant to let him leave the club. Dubravka left the Magpies to sign for Manchester United on loan for this season with the option to make the deal permanent for just £5m.
At Manchester United, Dubravka is expected to provide competition for first choice David De Gea and second choice Tom Heaton. The exit of Dubravka left Newcastle United with the goalkeeping options of Pope and Darlow. They became vulnerable with the injury suffered by Darlow. They had to sign a new goalkeeper as a result thus leading to Ex-Liverpool star Loris Karius after Ben Foster didn't take to the idea of signing for the club. 39-year-old Foster is a free agent after he left Watford at the end of last season.