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Rafa Hopes To Make First Signing Before This Weekend

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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1


    That case won’t go any further mate. If Chelsea had waited 4 months they would have got him on a free, what would the complaint have been then?

    Didn’t citeh offer 40m or 50m for Sanchez in the summer, now talk of him going for 20m in winter as he’s available on a free in the summer

  • lochinvar

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Surely Mwemba is known to us and the team and deserves to stay and play.
    Sourare on the other hand is an unknown French player who can’t get games at Palace. Just wonder if Carr or Mondial still exert influence ?
    Sounds like bored London press or even more bored Palace fan up to their usual uninspiring efforts as the January window is hardly awake yet.

  • lesh

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Of course Rafa would like to complete this signing before this weekend. He’d have hoped to have players in now but Ashley seems to have more pressing matters on his desk – or on the bar in some tacky bar in Florida!.

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning all
    I’m getting a horrible feeling that this window is just gonna be rumor after rumor, link after link until the wee desperate hours towards the end results in genuine barrell scraping.
    But hopefully I am proved wrong??

  • lesh

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Our Toon @1

    According to the press, Citeh have offered Sanchez £250k a week. A quarter of a million pounds a week – £13m a year!


  • Tinman

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Windows looking bleak, takeover fairly silent. We need some newa

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    For me it’s Mbemba ahead of Souaré for defensive cover hands down, like you say Lochinvar, he knows the group already and has done quite well when called upon thus far.
    Isn’t Souaré the one who broke his leg in a car crash last year if memory serves?
    Maybe Palace and Roy know he’s not the same player since..

  • Mag52

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Full marks to Rafa for still going after a goalie, if this is indeed true, in spite of Darlow’s recent good form and the clean sheets over Xmas.
    He’s looking to the future, and in particular young Woodman’s future, by freeing him up to go out on loan to gain experience with regular games. Top thinking.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Jim – that was my concern to as yes it was him. He was good before that but why would they be letting him go now if he still was and to a relegation rival. I assumed it was just paper talk but we shall see.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m still hoping that rafa mentioning 20th January weeks ago is a significant date for the takeover and signings. Fingers crossed. I know nothing about it just clinging to faint hope.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11


    Yeah it’s bonkers but what they save on transfer fee they can pay to player and still come out with paying less than they actually would have if a fee was involved.

  • Geordie-john

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope there is some truth in this keeper . He isn’t the best but he isn’t the worst either. So once he fits into SJP and enjoys the atmosphere he might become another Pav.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    I would still keep mbemba even if the place lad is bought in, mbemba did a job at LB bit going forward or attacking down the left wasn’t good at all. It’s about having balance and a proper left footed player to give us that.

    Mbemba can fill in at RB, CB or DM, maybe get rid of colback or saviet or even manquillo as he’s the worst of all the defenders we have

  • Our Toon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Palace lad

  • expatmag

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #15


    Souare just got back after over a year out from a serious car crash that almost killed him. Palace are currently struggling with a long injury list.

    Tjis is either paper talk or bad decision making.


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