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Newcastle United star turned down Manchester United on deadline day – Report

3 months ago
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Wednesday morning has brought a newspaper ‘exclusive’ that reports Martin Dubravka turned down a move to Manchester United.

The report claims that this happened on 31 January 2022 and that the Newcastle keeper turned down a deadline day transfer to Old Trafford.

The claim comes from the Manchester Evening News (see below) and they say that Dean Henderson would have came to St James Park for the rest of the season, if Martin Dubravka had agreed to go the other way.

Only on Monday, Eddie Howe spoke to Talksport and was asked by Jim White whether he had tried to sign Dean Henderson last month, the Newcastle boss saying there was absolutely no truth in those rumours.

There were no claims of Martin Dubravka heading back the other way, until now that is.

Sounds a bit like mischief making, as why claim this now?

Martin Dubravka struggled when coming back into the Newcastle team at the end of November, after his second serious pre-season injury in consecutive summers, leading to him missing the opening months of the season.

However, these now past four Premier League matches have seen the keeper look more like his normal self, playing well against Man Utd, Watford, Leeds and Everton, only conceding three goals in the quartet of matches and none of them his fault.

As for Dean Henderson, he looked a really good keeper when playing the season on loan at Sheffield United in 2019/20, but has struggled for game time back at Old Trafford. He made 12 Premier League starts last season for Manchester United but it is now nine months since his last PL start.

Manchester Evening News report – 9 February 2022:

‘Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka rejected a deadline day loan move to Manchester United.

United were prepared to accept Dubravka in exchange for Dean Henderson, whom Newcastle explored the possibility of signing on loan until the end of the season.

Newcastle loaned third-choice goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to Bournemouth on deadline day and, mindful of interim United manager Ralf Rangnick’s wish for a back-up to replace Henderson, offered Slovakia international Dubravka on loan.

However, the goalkeeper declined the opportunity to join United as back-up to David de Gea. Dubravka started in Newcastle’s 3-1 win over Everton on Tuesday night.’

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