Newcastle United are likely to trigger the deal which would turn Martin Dubravka’s loan move into a permanent one in the summer if they remain in the Premier League, according to a report.
The Mirror claim on their website that the Magpies have been impressed with what they have seen from the 29-year-old Slovakian international after joining from Sparta Prague, and fans were equally inspired by their new man’s talents after his starring role in the 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
It is said that there are a number of fees in place, including a £1.2million loan fee if he plays in seven matches this season, as well as an optional purchase fee of £4million which is claimed to almost certainly be triggered if the Magpies survive the threat of relegation.
Football Insider verdict
It is far too early to be determining whether or not Newcastle will be signing Dubravka permanently come the summer, but the early signs suggest they are onto a bargain deal. His performance against Manchester United was one of the best debuts seen by the Toon Army in recent years, and if he keeps that up there will be a whole host of sides ruing the fact they missed out on him. However, Premier League safety must come first, and the Slovakian shot stopper will have a major role to play in that, meaning his future is quite literally in his own hands.
In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has delivered an emphatic response to allegations made towards him.