Report: Demands made as Newcastle eye reignited swoop - £1.25m more to seal the deal
Newcastle United are considering reigniting their interest for Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka after seeing their initial swoop fail earlier this month, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the Magpies are still keen on the Slovakian international star, despite having been rebuffed with a loan-to-buy offer which would have been worth £4million.
Instead the Czech side are said to be demanding a fee which is just £1.25million more than the Magpies’ original offer, with either a £1.25million loan fee and a £4million purchase price, or a £2.2million loan fee and a £3.2million price tag to sign him permanently.
The eight-cap shot stopper has made 15 appearances for Sparta this season, but the Czech side are willing to negotiate his exit this month, with Newcastle said to be keen on securing a new senior goalkeeper.
Football Insider verdict
If £1.25million is all that is separating Newcastle and Sparta Prague, and if Rafael Benitez really is that keen on Dubrovka, then this should be a deal which fans can expect to happen before next week’s deadline. The financial demands being made by the Czech club are well within the Magpies’ budget and with a loan deal mooted before a permanent deal, then it is a move which suits the north east side. If it were to go through, then the exit of one of the club’s current senior stoppers should be expected, while Freddie Woodman is likely to leave on loan in order to pick up some much needed first team action.
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