Martin Dubravka left out of Newcastle United squad amid Manchester United transfer talks

Martin Dubravka has been left out of Newcastle United’s squad for the second game running.

Dubravka – who missed the club's midweek Carabao Cup win over Tranmere Rovers due to what Eddie Howe described as “illness” – is a target for Manchester United.

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Speaking on Friday, head coach Howe said: “There has been contact. In terms of a final outcome, I’m very reluctant to lose any important players to the group. That’s a decision that will be out of my hands.”

Dubravka, the club's No.1, has lost his place in Howe's team to summer signing Nick Pope. The 33-year-old is reportedly “open” to a move to Old Trafford, where new manager Erik Ten Hag wants more competition for David de Gea.

Meanwhile, new signing Alexander Isak is not involved this afternoon – despite travelling to Molineux. The striker, signed from Real Sociedad for £60million on Friday, is still waiting for his work permit.

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.