By Russell Edge

9th Feb, 2018 | 7:47am

Report: Newcastle agree seven-figure transfer deal to secure international summer signing

Newcastle United have agreed a £4million transfer deal to turn the loan move of Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka into a permanent one in the summer, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the Magpies have managed to negotiate the seven-figure clause into the agreement with his parent club, with the eight-cap Slovakian international joining on deadline day until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old shot stopper was on the bench for his first game with the club, the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, and he is fighting with the likes of current number one Karl Darlow and Republic of Ireland international Rob Elliot for a place among the starting XI.
Football Insider verdict
While there is little to go off in terms of Dubravka’s fledgling career at St James’ Park, the club obviously have high hopes for him. The £4million price tag is cheap for an international quality player and although he is reaching the latter end of his career, he still has a fair few years left in him before retirement. He will need to prove himself over the next six months though, and considering Darlow and Elliot’s top flight experience, he could be in for a tough task. Still, with the clause in place, he knows that a series of impressive performances will secure his permanent move to the club, and that will be motivation enough for him to show the Toon Army what he has to offer.
In other Newcastle United news, manager Rafael Benitez is expected to axe four from his starting XI against Manchester United.

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