Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka reportedly turned down a loan move to Manchester United on transfer deadline day.
The Manchester Evening News have claimed the Slovakia international emerged as a target for the Red Devils at the eleventh hour.
Apparently, Man Utd were prepared to accept Dubravka in exchange for Dean Henderson.
However, the 33-year-old declined the opportunity to go to Old Trafford, where he would play second fiddle to David De Gea, who has been in exceptional form this season.
It had been reported in January that Henderson was keen to leave Man Utd having featured so little this season.
Of course, the World Cup in Qatar takes places at the end of the year and the 24-year-old would like to be playing regularly ahead of that.
Supposedly, Newcastle had interest in Henderson.
Today though, the MEN claim Dubravka was offered to Man Utd, making the situation all a bit unclear.
Ultimately though, the two goalkeepers stayed with their respective clubs. It remains to be seen if Newcastle make a swoop for Henderson in the summer, and if the player will agitate for an exit.
A bold claim about Manchester United, but Newcastle fine with Dubravka
This is quite an interesting claim that follows Howe’s denial of any interest from Newcastle in Henderson.
If the Magpies weren’t interested in Henderson, then there would surely be no chance of them offering Dubravka to anyone.
Whatever the truth is, it’s good that £4 million signing Dubravka (Goal) is still a Newcastle player.
He is largely very dependable, and now has some better players in front of him.
Micky Quinn previously said that Dubravka was one of the best signings of the last decade for Newcastle (via Chronicle), branding him ‘outstanding’ after a performance against Crystal Palace.
The goalkeeper position was never something the new owners needed to address going into January. And hopefully, Dubravka can have a solid second half of the season.