The Chronicle are reporting today that Rafa Benitez will make progress on the transfer front this week.
Newcastle have recently contacted several players they will try to sign on loan or permanently – if that’s what it takes to get them to the club before the end of the January transfer window.
One of those players is Sparta Prague’s 29-year-old Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, and it was reported last week that his potential deal had fallen through.
But the latest is that Newcastle are now trying to buy him permanently for €6M (£5.3M).
The player is keen to join Newcastle, either on loan or permanently this month.
Martin Dubravka – Slovakian and Sparta Prague goalkeeper
And Rafa wants to get the experienced and talented goalkeeper to Newcastle this month to do battle with Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot for the goalkeeper jersey.
There’s news that Rafa could also go after one of his summer targets, 22-year-old Sandro Ramirez, who is available on loan from Everton.
The Spanish U21 International was signed by Everton in the summer for the release clause in his Malaga contract of €6M (£5.3M).
He was one of the players Rafa was keen to get early last summer – but didn’t.
Sandro Ramirez – Everton’s Spanish striker
In fact, if Rafa got the chance to buy him now we’re sure he would do that – so maybe if we get him in on loan we can get an option to buy him in the summer.
Rafa wants these two players signed this week and before the FA Cup game at Chelsea on Sunday (1:30 pm kickoff) and then he wants two more players signed over the following three days – before the January transfer window slams shut.
At Chelsea, Rafa may have time to talk to the Blues officials about getting Kennedy in on loan – who is likely to play in the game on Sunday.
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