Another piece of uninspiring transfer news to report on today, as Sky Sports confirm that we have seen a loan bid rejected for Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Sky’s North-East correspondent Kieth Downie confirms that a loan offer has been lodged by the club, but states that Czech giants are unwilling to let him go on a temporary basis – quite understandable given he’s their number one goalie!
Newcastle have failed in a loan bid for Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Sparta Prague don’t want to let him go on a temporary basis.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 15, 2018
A cheeky offer, but what more do we expect when it appears that loans are our one and only route to new additions this month. At least it seems that way given Benitez is still unaware of the budget he has at the half-way point of the January window.
A goalkeeper does appear to still be on Rafa’s radar however, and the Daily Mail credited us with an interest in the 6ft 3′ Slovakian just last week, having the following to say about the 29-year-old:
“Rafa Benitez is keen to bring in a goalkeeper on loan and Slovakia international Dubravka is the latest to be considered.
“The 28-year-old has impressed for his country in their World Cup qualifying campaign and Benitez is hopeful of reaching an agreement before the weekend.”
Seems a strange one, but beggars can’t be choosers at this stage – however I’d question whether we should be prioritising moves for left-back’s and goalkeeper’s when Saturday’s draw with Swansea highlighted our desperate need for new attacking flair more than anything.
No doubt Rafa is looking at strikers, but they don’t come cheap and January is a notoriously difficult month to do business.
Anyhow, here’s Dubravka in action: