Looking from afar, Newcastle United seem to be in a mini meltdown at the moment with ongoing ownership issues and the departure of manager Rafa Benitez but if a report on Saturday is to be believed, things could be about to get worse for them.
The Daily Mail claim that we have now expressed an interest in Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and have joined Aston Villa, Manchester United, Monaco and Porto in the race for his signature.
The 30-year-old stopper has been impressive following his arrival at St James’ Park and he’s a fan favourite for his performances and effort between the sticks, but it’s being suggested that the player has been left ‘unsettled’ by Benitez’s departure and with the club stalling talks on an improved deal in recognition of his efforts, he’s seriously assessing his future.
He’s looked solid enough to me at points, although he would be back up to Hugo Lloris. The only real question is would manager Mauricio Pochettino want a more experienced number two given the significant development of Paulo Gazzaniga during the 2018/19 campaign.
It’s the Gazza element here that makes me doubt our interest would be genuine, as well as the non-homegrown slot that was freed up by Michel Vorm’s departure as it makes more sense to use that in the outfield.