Rafael Benitez has not given up on trying to sign Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, even though there were earlier reports this week the loan deal was off.
Italian publication Tutto Mercato are reporting that Rafa has been indirect contact with Sparta Prague coach Andrea Stramaccioni and it seems Newcastle are now trying to sign the goalkeeper on a permanent basis.
The reason the loan deal did not go through was that Sparta wanted assurances from Newcastle that we would sign him permanently in the summer.
Rafa may have decided if that’s what they want, it would be better to sign him now rather than take him on loan first.
Martin Dubravka – 29-year-old Sparta Prague goalkeeper
The 29-year-old goalkeeper seems like a real target and Newcastle are reportedly willing to pay €6M (£5.3M) for the 6ft 3ins 9 times capped Slovakian International.
Mr. Benitez can be very persuasive and hopefully will have already talked to Martin Dubravka about the opportunity as Rafa tries to awaken the sleeping giant – Newcastle United.
This may also be proof that Mike Ashley will indeed give Rafa some money to spend on top of just loan moves this month.
And the manager has been working hard to bring new players into the club while Ashley has been on vacation in Miami.
We hope this deal comes off since Rafa has been very keen to bring in another goalkeeper this season.
Here’s hoping (and praying) Rafa can sign three or four good players before February rolls around to help us survive this season.
We must stay in the Premier League this season.