By Russell Edge

23rd Mar, 2018 | 2:16pm

Newcastle fan favourite confirms status of crucial transfer talks - reveals key conditions

Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has confirmed that talks over turning his loan move into a permanent one are yet to begin and that it will only happen on the condition that the club remain in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old shot stopper arrived from Sparta Prague in a deadline day swoop, putting pen to paper on a temporary deal until the end of the season with a purchase clause included for the Magpies to keep him on Tyneside beyond the summer.

Having impressed between the sticks, notably on his debut against Manchester United, he is already a firm favourite of the Toon Army, but revealed that discussions to keep the Slovakian international at St James’ Park will only come about if and when the club secure their place in England’s top flight.

He told Sport Pravda: “It’s happening very quickly.

“I believe we will continue the set trend and get as many points as possible in order to avoid relegation.

“I believe that Newcastle will remain in the highest competition, and then my possible transfer will be possible.

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“I try to concentrate on my performance and engage with competent people who will decide it.”

Dubravka has four appearances under his belt for Newcastle so far, two of those producing clean sheets.

Football Insider verdict

While Premier League safety is crucial to the club’s future, it would be a huge shame to see Dubravka move elsewhere if the Magpies were to suffer relegation. He has already established himself as Newcastle’s number one with a series of impressive displays, and as such there is likely to be much interest in his signing from their top flight rivals if they were to miss out on his capture. Still, the 29-year-old can help secure his future on Tyneside by keeping the opposition from scoring, and if he keeps up his high quality displays then he will get the permanent move to England he desires.

In other Newcastle United news, one senior stalwart is being eyed up for a shock switch this summer.

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