With some of Newcastle’s other goalkeeper targets not available in January Rafa Benitez has turned his attention to signing goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague on loan.
The news is in the Mail, and the 28-year-old goalkeeper has played 9 times for Slovakia and only moved to Sparta Prague from Slovan Liberec last summer.
The report in the Mail is that Newcastle are in negotiations with Sparta Prague and Rafa would like to complete the signing before this weekend.
The Slovakian international has been impressive for both club and country which is why Rafa has been alerted to the goalkeeper.
The 6ft 3ins goalkeeper has particularly impressed for his country in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
28-year-old Martin Dubravka – of Sparta Prague
He has played 15 times in total for the Prague club, who are currently 5th top of the Czech League, and just less than half of those games (7) have been clean sheets.
Rafa wants a new senior goalkeeper brought in this month at Newcastle to challenge Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow for the number one jersey.
It would also allow promising young Freddie Woodman to go out on loan to gain some valuable first-team experience.
Dubravka is an experienced goalkeeper, and would likely go straight into the Newcastle first team.
However, it’s sometimes difficult for a continental goalkeeper to come straight into the Premier League.
Things are a lot faster and more physical, even for goalkeepers, as Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo can attest to last season.
Rafa wants to sign four players this month, and one of them is a goalkeeper, so he is working hard to bring those players in – maybe all of them on loan.
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