Newcastle United secured a hard-fought win over Manchester United on Sunday, and while Matt Ritchie’s goal proved to be the difference, it was the efforts of January loan arrival Martin Dubravka at the other end that sealed all 3 points for the hosts.
The 29-year-old arrived from Sparta Prague on a temporary deal till the end of the season for £1.7million, and The Chronicle has revealed that the Magpies can make the deal permanent for just an additional £3.5million.
The ball-playing Dubravka did more with his hands than his feet, claiming crosses confidently and making many fine saves to frustrate the Red Devils.
Should he keep on with such fine performances, Newcastle will definitely retain their Premier League status at the end of the season as he has proven he’s capable of winning them points.
Manager Rafa Benitez – whose Newcastle future could depend on who’s owner by summer – could also play a huge role in a permanent deal for Dubravka, as another boss may have other ideas.
The Slovakia is set to retain his position in goal till the end of the campaign ahead of both Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot.
However, with both likely unwilling to continue playing second fiddle, Newcastle might be forced to make changes in the department.