Date: 17th April 2018 at 6:30am
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Newcastle United are still working to activate the clause to turn goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s loan move into a permanent stay at St James’ Park, according to Sky Sports.

The broadcaster’s reporter Dave Jones claimed in the coverage of the Magpies’ victory over Arsenal on Sunday that the club had a purchase option in place, having brought him in from Czech Republic top flight side Sparta Prague, and that there were plans to activate it, but that the deal was not yet “over the line”.

Speaking on Sky Sports Super Sunday (16/04, 13:00), Jones said: “They have more chance, they think, of making the loan signing of their goalkeeper Martin Dubravka permanent.

“Our sources tell us the option is there, the intention is there, to make it a permanent signing. They just haven’t got it over the line just yet.”

Dubravka, who stands at a giant 6’3″, has been in dazzling form between the sticks for the Magpies, helping the club to five victories in his seven appearances, and Alexandre Lacazette’s opening goal at St James’ Park was the first goal he had conceded in front of the home fans after four games.

Football Insider verdict

Dubravka has been a sensation between the sticks since his arrival in England and it appears to be a matter of when rather than if he turns his stay into a permanent one. Having a purchase clause included into the deal has worked wonders for Rafael Benitez as it has given him the chance to run the rule over the shot stopper, while putting him first in the queue to secure his signing. It seems like a match made in heaven and there will be few in Newcastle who do not want to see him stay for much, much longer – other than Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot of course.

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