Late Tuesday morning sees Sky Sports reporting that their information is that Martin Dubravka will become a permanent Newcastle signing very soon.

They say that the 29 year is set to sign on at St James Park, with the broadcaster confirming that the buyout clause included in the loan arrangement, is indeed £4m.

It would be an incredible bargain if everything goes through smoothly, as the Slovakian keeper has been in incredible form.

To come into the Premier League after a career spent in the weak Slovakian, Danish and Czech Republic leagues, then look absolutely at home and a key reason for wins over the likes of Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea…outstanding.

Sky Sports say that Martin Dubravka will be Rafa’s first signing of the summer and with the Summer Transfer Window opening on Thursday (as revealed by Sky Sports on Monday), it would be a massive lift for everybody if this one is banked so early.

Whilst it would seemingly take significant movement for Rafa Benitez to commit to a new contract for himself in the near future, no reason why Dubravka can’t be sorted regardless.

Last summer, Christian Atsu was confirmed as a permanent Newcastle signing on 24 May 2017, his loan having contained a £6m buyout clause.

So no reason why we can’t have the same with the Slovakian number one.

Difficult to believe that Martin Dubravka has only played 12 games for Newcastle United.

It seems a long time ago since Rafa Benitez was flipping between Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, with clearly neither of them good enough to be a Premier League number one.

With only 11 goals conceded in his 12 games, compared to the 36 conceded in the other 26 matches, there has been a clear improvement.

However, what our eyes tell us as well, is that his commanding presence in the box has also given confidence to those in front of them, and improved their games also.

Martin Dubravka was thrown in for his debut against Man Utd  and in his opening seven games, Newcastle won five and got one draw, taking them to early Premier League safety.



  • fistsofsteel2

    So that leaves £76million in the pot…….

    • mentalman

      it’ll be back up to £81million when sels,darlow or Elliott leaves the following day

    • Toonrobbybobson

      You’re forgetting agent fees and wages. It will probably be more like £50m.

    • Wezza147

      Not when Ashley transfers the lot into MASH holdings!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Great news but I was told on here we would be spending no money must be a lie then. Be a great signing if it goes through. Would make Woodman the understudy or we will lose him just like Fraser Foster.

    • Billmag

      Well within your master’s price range now that’s how quick to do transfer buisness, anything under £5m is a shoe in for these clowns.

      • Paul Patterson

        Ignore him, he’s just being an a**e, nobody said we wouldn’t get Dubravka. The real quality however . .

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Jezza said there would be no signings just loans and he seems to be the nutcase you all follow.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Have yo blocked Jezza?

        • Wezza147

          Just ignore the trolls and block them. They’re Man Utd trolls who have no lives.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        £12m for Murphy and £10m for Merino also in the range but in my opinion on the dear side.

        • Billmag

          Merino wasn’t £10m but even so how long did it take to get them signed up.

        • Ram Kishore

          I have made it clear sometime ago..A month ago ig.
          He cost us only 6 million euros..
          Go and check the transfer market website

        • Toon Arnie

          Not sure what’s up with Merino – he was blinding early on but seems to have fallen out of favour ? I know Rafa doesn’t seem to like him and Jonjo in the same starting 11 but he hardly gets a look in these days.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Agree with you and Rafa got it right with Shelvey and Diame who was awful the first half of season but great the second half . We survived because Rafa picked a settled team

  • Leazes.

    Right then ship out the other keepers and get a decent understudy!

    • Rich Lawson

      Woodman,currently warming the Aberdeen bench ?

      • Fatwatch

        I’d tend to agree but wonder whether he’d be better off on loan (somewhere he’ll play like he did at Crawley) and keep a hold of Elliott as number two. Darlow needs to find another championship club to progress his career.

  • Tweed Mag

    Excellent signing if it all goes through without any last minute hitches. Hope so. If Darlow and Elliot have to move on, good luck to them.

  • Gianfranco Shola

    Get rid of Darlow and Sels and we’ve made a profit whilst also improving the GK area. Now need to throw everything at getting Kenedy although that one won’t be so simple you’d imagine

    • Fatwatch

      I’d be surprised if anyone would want Sels and I doubt he’d want to take a wage cut. Probably the same for Darlow – he’d have to drop to Championship

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Hes done alright back in the Belgian league. They’ll take him back.

    • Ram Kishore

      Sels and Darlow will make a smooth move .. dw we don’t need to get rid and worry like we had to with oberton and Marveaux

  • Rich Lawson

    Ha!,Ha!,Looks like I was wrong about week 1 Jezza,lets see what happens next ?

    • Jezza

      …..a long drawn out attempt to secure Kenedy on another loan deal before some far more ambitious club like Watford, Burnely, Huddersfield, Southampton or Bournemouth buy the player for £20 million.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Thats exactly what will happen and will be the straw which breaks the camels back with Rafa.

        • Lhc

          Kennedy won’t end up at any of the above clubs.

      • Toon Arnie

        I think that ship has sailed unfortunately.

  • Jezza

    What did I tell you. Just as I predicted on another thread yesterday. Dubravka signed up at the start of the window. Purely a PR excercise to take the pressure off the Ashley regime. A ploy to placate both Rafa and the fans and sell some extra season tickets. Everything will go absolutely flat for weeks on end after this transfer and when it’s all over Dubravka at £4 million will remain our biggest signing of the summer..

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      You predicted no signings only loans. Anyway how are your beloved friends from down the road getting on you to care more about them than us with your comments.

    • Fatwatch

      it’s the easiest and simplest signing so it’s no surprise it is the first one over the line? I hope no one is buying a season ticket based on us signing a keeper…

      • Lhc

        Why do ppl like you follow the club? N yes Il be paying another 639 quid on me season tkt. Got me first one in 2001 when I was 11 n Il be going home and away until I’m in a box.

        • Fatwatch

          You’ve got the wrong end of the stick. I wasn’t questioning holding a season ticket. Jezza’s point was that signing Dubravka will fool some people into thinking we are going on a spending spree – which in turn causes them to buy season tickets. I was merely mocking people who would buy a season ticket on the back of signing a goalkeeper (a fairly mundane position). Obviously meant in jest. Calm doon bonny lad.

          • Lhc

            You’ve got ppl like fatparosite saying anyone who has a season tkt is a cretin idiot moron etc a just don’t get it. I honestly do think n I’m gna put me neck on the line here that we will break our transfer record this summer and spend along the lines of 2015 16 season.

          • Toon Arnie

            I really really hope you’re right but I just don’t trust anything that Ashley says or does. Rafa needs to stand his ground this time and things will get interesting.

          • Jezza

            Don’t build your hopes up, marra. The only way NUFC are going to break any club transfer record this summer is if somebody pays more than £35 million for Lascelles.

          • Lhc

            You hope.

          • Lhc

            Some people on here love the demise of our club deep down, look around you. There doom n gloom merchants.

          • Toon Arnie

            It’s a strange one. I don’t see it as a demise but i share the frustration that we could be so much more if Ashley would just speculate to accumulate and give Rafa some proper backing rather than thinking small. If Leicester can win the title why can’t we, with Rafa being every bit as good a manager as Ranieri, make a push for Europe and even have a real go at winning a cup. It really is make or break this summer, Ashley has to do the right thing.

          • Lhc

            I remember when we played in the champions league uefa cup etc 3rd 4th 5th in league, we were streets ahead of spurs, I see it as a demise, one that without serious investment we can never pull back. Like I said mate I honestly think we will have a go this summer and will break our transfer record. Time will tell.

    • Geordie-7676

      In all fairness mate if there is a buyout clause then this would come as no surprise.

      I am no longer confident when it comes to transfer windows, but i wont be seeing this as a red flag or over analysing it, this one was always going to happen. Its what happens next that will give us an indication. I look at this one like nothing has effectively happened.

    • Mike

      agree 100% thats wot Cashley said every penny to Rafa that 4m cashing

    • Wezza147

      You are 100% spot on Jezza. Then there will be nothing for weeks and Rafa will even admit he doesn’t know the budget.

    • Desree

      Jezza, save yourself time and cut and paste your posts mate. It will never change, I am still waiting for Charlie Austin to sign!

    • Stephen Paylor

      no way is that gonna happen, glass is sometimes half full you know

  • Wor Monga

    It’s a no brainer his stand out performances against Man U, Arsenal and Chelsea alone gave us three wins and 9 pts against teams that nobody really expected us to get anything from…the 2 big saves from Giroud which was exceptional and from Barkley were all that stood between us and any chance of a Chelsea resurgence…

    …that’s what makes a top class keeper not to mention his ability on crosses and quick thinking with the ball at his feet…He’ll be signed up as soon as the window opens, and the deal is probably already done and dusted!!!

    • Toon Arnie

      Of course it is – this will be our big summer signing. Once he’s in the bag everyone will be in a good mood for a few weeks then we’ll have the distraction of the World Cup followed by Ashley going on holiday for 5 or 6 weeks and being unavailable for comment while Charnley hides under his bed hoping not to be noticed. As the transfer window comes and goes we’ll have the ‘couldn’t get the deal over the line’ or ‘we won’t be held to ransom’. As Shearer said – copy and paste from last season.

      • Shipcote Willy

        Spot on Arnie. We could cut and paste our comments from previous windows as nothing has changed

  • Alreet

    4 mill for a keeper of his ability and champions league experience. It could turn out to be the deal of the summer even this early.

    Think rafa has already made up for the sels incident.

  • Mike

    no brainer

  • Geordiegiants

    Even the cancer can see his worth, and that’s saying something.
    I thought Elliott looked a decent keeper the season we went down, but he never quite recaptured that form again.

  • Shipcote Willy

    A great price for a very good keeper but don’t presume everything will go through smoothly and quickly with Charnley doing the deal.