By Richard Parks
Newcastle United can sign new goalkeeper hero Martin Dubravka for even cheaper than first thought, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that the north-east giants have the option to buy the on-loan Sparta Prague ace for just £3.5million at the end of the season.
The newspaper cite sources in the Czech Republic who state that the terms of the deal Newcastle negotiated ahead of Dubravka’s arrival on deadline deal mean a cut-price deal can be secured in the months ahead.
The keeper, 29, was signed on loan from Sparta Prague in the January transfer window, with widespread reports, including by the Mail, reporting that Newcastle have the option to make Dubravka’s loan a permanent transfer in the summer at a cost of £4million.
The Chronicle claim in the wake of the 29-year-old’s man-of-the-match performance on debut in the 1-0 victory against Manchester United that the cost of doing so is in fact £500,000 cheaper.
However, the Premier League outfit have already pain a loan fee of £1.7million to taje the 6ft 1ins keeper until the end of the current campaign.
Dubravka has made an excellent start to his Magpies career after taking the No1 jersey from Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot at St James’ Park.
The Magpies’ win against Man United lifted them to 13th in the Premier League table, five places and two points above the drop zone.
It was their first triumph against the Premier League’s second placed club in five years.
In other Newcastle United news, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has claimed that one Toon player was an “absolute joy to watch” in their triumph against Man United.