Newcastle United have mace an announcement about Martin Dubravka on Tuesday afternoon but sadly not the one we are waiting for.

Fans had hoped to see the £4m permanent move announced ASAP after the end of the season but no news as yet.

The club are free to seal this deal any time, if the keeper agrees of course, but the paperwork would be then processed in June as he would be joining from another league.

Domestic transfers between clubs have been able to be processed since last Thursday when the Premier League transfer window opened.

Instead of a permanent deal announcement, Newcastle United have revealed that the goalkeeper has been called up by Slovakia for upcoming friendlies.

They play Holland on Thursday 31 May and then World Cup bound Morocco on Monday 4 June.

Martin Dubravka is making up for lost time.

Turning 30 next January, it is only in the past 12 months when he has become Slovakia’s number one, the keeper has made seven starts in the last year but only played twice before that, so he should reach double figures in the next fortnight.

The Slovakian nation team manager, Jan Kozak, has referenced the form of Martin Dubravka at Newcastle, declaring it ‘fantastic’.

The goalkeeper now making up for lost time at club level as well, after spending his whole career in the lowly Danish, Slovakian and Czech Republic leagues, he has excelled in the Premier League these past three months.

An absolute bargain at £4m and hopefully signing for NUFC will be the next news we hear of him.

Official Newcastle United Announcement:

‘Martin Dubravaka has been named in a 23-man Slovakia squad for two friendly matches this summer.

The 29-year-old – who joined Newcastle on loan from Sparta Prague in January – is one of three goalkeepers in Ján Kozák’s squad for the matches against the Netherlands and Morocco.

Slovakia, who won the King’s Cup in Thailand in March, face the Netherlands in Trnava on 31st May and Morocco in Geneva on 4th June.

Viktoria Plzen keeper Matús Kozácik, who started the World Cup qualification campaign as his country’s number one, has not been included in the squad, with Dúbravka getting the nod along with Michal Sulla of Slovan Bratislava and Rotherham’s Marek Rodak.

Coach Kozák explained: “Rodak is young, talented and playing in England regularly. Kozácik is still available.

“Dubravka has had a fantastic half a season with Newcastle and Sulla convinced me in Thailand; apart from one mistake he did well.”

Former Newcastle defender Lubo Satka, who won his first full cap in the Thailand tournament, has also been called up after a strong season in his homeland with FC DAC which saw him named in the Fortuna Liga team of the season.’

  • TheNutJob

    i hear we`re after Bas Dost according to the chronicle

    • Wor Lass

      Das Boot is on our sonar!

      • TheNutJob

        Bonjour wor lass, nice one

    • Fireman Sam

      I know it’s a running joke but I watched the portugese cup final and Bas Dost is nothing special at all.

    • 1957

      Is he one of the 50 strikers the Chronicle claim are on Benitez list…

    • Liam Hogg

      He’s just been beat up in training by some sporting fans haha

  • Alex

    Great news for Ashley. He’ll already be trying to find a buyer at £10m in order to turn a quick £6m profit.

  • Antenociticus

    I’ wouldn’t close the deal until after these two internationals, remember what happened to Krul and Elliot on international duty?

    • Vodkamagpie

      Then we should only sign players who have retired from international duty !!!!

  • Ram Kishore

    After reading the line
    “If the player agrees of course?”
    Is it just me anyone else having the thought?
    After his 3 excellent months in the PL what if other clubs make approach?
    Toby alderweireld situation

  • Ed White

    The European transfer window for both inward and outward transfer s doesn’t open until June 1st for some countries An day up to June 11th for others so he cannot be signed before then… can he?so why stress now… and well deserved international call up he’s been awesome!

    • Down Under Mag

      Why do other clubs manage to get players tied up so they just move officially when the window opens? It would be a shame if he moves to another club because we delayed getting it sorted. I’m sure it’s all about not paying players when they aren’t playing games…but still.

      • Nut

        We have a clause to buy him, although I suspect that will time out at some point…. still we can’t officially do the deed until the window for him being able to move opens.

        Personally given what’s happened on international duty to some players we have had (Owen for starters) I would prefer to see him come through unscathed before we sign anyway.