Martin Dubravka heads to Tyneside to complete Newcastle move as Freddie Woodman waits on loan switch

Martin Dubravka is set to join Newcastle United before tonight's transfer deadline.

Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 1:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 1:40 pm
Rafa Benitez

Sparta Prague, Dubravka's club, today revealed that the goalkeeper had left their training camp in Spain to travel to England.

United manager Rafa Benitez has long wanted to sign a goalkeeper.

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The club missed out on No 1 target Willy Caballero last summer, and the arrival of Slovakia international Dubravka, 29, will allow Benitez to loan out Freddie Woodman for the second half of the season.

Woodman is wanted north of the border by Scottish Premiership clubs Aberdeen and Celtic.

The 20-year-old had a loan spell at Kilmarnock last season.

Freddie Woodman

Speaking last summer, Woodman said: "Wherever I am, I just want to be playing games. I’m at my happiest when I’m playing games, and I feel I need to keep playing games to improve and keep getting better.

"Hopefully, this season brings plenty of games and minutes on the pitch.”

Freddie Woodman