Newcastle United’s January signing Martin Dubravka was looked at but ultimately rejected by a handful of English sides while a free agent last summer, according to a report.
Newspaper i claim on their website that the Slovakian international, who has eight caps to his name, found himself without a club after being released by Slovan Liberec, and that there was interested from the English Championship.
However it is fascinatingly claimed that at least one side who scouted the now-29-year-old rejected the possibility to sign him after watching just one video of his performances, despite demanding a wage in line with what a League One player would have been on.
After signing for Sparta Prague, where he made 15 appearances for the Czech club, he ended up moving to Newcastle on a season long loan deal on January deadline day, with manager Rafael Benitez having been seeking a new goalkeeper despite his raft of options already at St James’ Park.
After being named as an unused substitute for his first game on Tyneside, he was thrown into the deep end for his debut, with a sold-out home clash against Manchester United the scene for his first appearance.
However he immediately endeared himself to the Toon Army, putting in a confident and authoritative display which helped secure a shock 1-0 victory over the side sitting second in the Premier League table, and earning him the title of a hero among supporters after just one outing for the club.
In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has delivered an emphatic response to allegations made towards him.