By Russell Edge

21st Jan, 2018 | 9:25pm

Report: Newcastle in talks to secure loan-to-buy deal for international star keen on move

Newcastle United are in extended discussions with Sparta Prague over securing a loan-to-buy deal for 29-year-old goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Magpies have held negotiations with the Czech top flight side over a potential transfer deal, and that the two clubs are still talking.
It is stated that the eight-cap Slovakian international is keen on securing a move to St James’ Park, and that a deal may be an initial loan move before joining the club permanently in the summer.
Dubravka has made 15 appearances for Sparta this season, having sat out five of the club’s league fixtures, while Newcastle have already fielded three shot stoppers across all competitions this season.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle are already well stocked between the sticks so Dubravka’s arrival could well see one of the current options depart. It could be that Freddie Woodman, the club’s hot prospect, leaves on loan to secure some much needed first team action, or that one of Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow are sold to raise some much needed transfer funds for the end of the window. Either way, the club are leaving their business late, and they will be hoping it does not come round to bite them once the market shuts.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, Rafael Benitez is eyeing up a record breaking swoop for a attacking top target as the club readies crucial talks.

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