By Russell Edge

30th Jan, 2018 | 9:31pm

Report: Newcastle in transfer talks to secure late loan - international longing for switch

Newcastle United are engaged in transfer talks to secure the signing of Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka before Wednesday’s deadline, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on the live transfer blog (30/01, 17:12) on their website that the Magpies are looking to secure a late move for the Slovakian international shot stopper, who is said be longing for the opportunity to work with manager Rafael Benitez.
The north east club have been heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old this month, with claims that they had seen a loan move turned down, with the Czech side looking for a permanent switch rather than a temporary departure.
However it appears as though they will continue to try for his signing until the last moment possible, with the goalkeeper having made 15 appearances across all competitions this season.
Football Insider verdict
A new goalkeeper would actually prove to be a major boost in more than one way for Newcastle, and so Benitez will be hoping this is a switch that they can pull off on deadline day. Dubravka’s arrival would signal the green light for Freddie Woodman to depart on loan, with the youngster desperately wanting and needing first team action to help with his development and become the top talent the Magpies expect him to become. It will also prove more competition for Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, who, while they have looked relatively solid, have both been culpable for conceding needless goals. Newcastle need a busy deadline day, and Dubravka’s arrival will hopefully be one of many.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, a top flight manager has refused to shut the door on the Magpies snapping up an international striker keen on a move to Tyneside.

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