Date: 11th February 2018 at 6:20pm
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Newcastle United have a clause in Martin Dubravka’s loan deal to make his move permanent in the summer, according to a reliable journalist.

Mark Douglas, Newcastle editor for the Chronicle, claims on his personal Twitter account that the Magpies have the option to sign the 29-year-old at the end of the season on a permanent deal.

It is understood that a £4million fee has been negotiated already with his parent side Sparta Prague for the goalkeeper.

There is no indication as to whether Rafael Benitez’s side will activate that clause, but the shot-stopper did make his debut for the club on Sunday.

Dubravka produced an impressive display as Newcastle beat Manchester United 1-0 at St James’ Park in the Premier League.

The Slovakia international has arrived in England with a good amount of experience, which saw him preferred over Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow in goal.

The result means the team are now two points above the drop zone as they look to avoid relegation to the Championship.

OPINION

£4million is nothing given the current state of the transfer market and could turn out to be a bargain price for Dubravka. The goalkeeper sparkled on his debut at the weekend and looks like he will be the number one for the rest of the season. Newcastle should certainly activate his permanent clause to bring him to St James’ Park and is an upgrade on their current options. He caught the eye with some impressive touches of the ball with his feet and has shown he can pick a pass. Meanwhile, he was physically demanding in his penalty area and that is something that makes him a good fit for the Premier League.