Report: International jetting in as Newcastle agree terms on deadline day loan swoop
Newcastle United will welcome Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to Tyneside on Wednesday to undertake a medical after a loan deal was agreed between the two clubs, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on the live transfer blog (31/01, 08:33) on their website that the Magpies have managed to negotiate terms of a temporary move for the 29-year-old with the Czech side, and that he will be jetting in on deadline day to tie up a move.
The eight-cap Slovakian international has made 15 appearances for Sparta this season, including two Europa League qualifiers, and will likely battle with Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot for a place between the sticks upon his arrival.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez always appeared keen on securing a goalkeeper and it appears he has finally got his wish with Dubravka. The Magpies already have experienced option at their disposal but it seems they are not good enough for the Spanish boss, and they will already be worrying about their futures at the club. This should also clear the way for hot prospect Freddie Woodman to leave on loan in search of first team football, in what will be a double boost from Dubravka’s seemingly imminent arrival. Still, fans might not be too impressed that this has been the priority during January, with the real problems lying at the other end of the pitch.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, a Magpies attacker has sealed a move to another side battling relegation.