Newcastle: 'Big question marks' over future of Eddie Howe regular

Newcastle United ace Martin Dubravka could be allowed to leave St James’ Park at the end of the season as head coach Eddie Howe wants to draft in a new first-choice goalkeeper, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Dubravka has made 121 appearances since making his loan move from Sparta Prague permanent in 2018, but it appears his time on Tyneside could be coming to a close.

What’s the latest news involving Dubravka and Howe’s targets?

According to 90min, Newcastle will not stand in Dubravka’s way if he decides he wants to leave St James’ Park due to Howe seeking fresh goalkeeping options.

The report suggests the Magpies are open to the idea of the 33-year-old moving onto pastures new in the summer as they are in pole position to land Manchester United custodian Dean Henderson.

Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak is also understood to be on the Tyneside giants’ radar and they have potentially been handed a major boost as the Slovenian is reportedly open to a Premier League switch when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

Chelsea shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Sam Johnstone, who is currently on West Bromwich Albion’s books, are also thought to be on Howe’s shortlist of targets.

Newcastle are able to splash the cash after the Saudi Arabia-based Public Investment Fund led a £305million takeover last October, making the Magpies the richest club in world football.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Dubravka?

O’Rourke has serious doubts over whether Dubravka will still be on Newcastle’s books by the time the summer transfer window slams shut.

The journalist reckons Howe is almost certain to succeed in his bid to welcome a new custodian to St James’ Park.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “There are big question marks over Martin Dubravka’s future at Newcastle right now.

“It’s been widely reported now that Newcastle do want to bring in a new number one goalkeeper. That’s why they are being linked with the likes of Jan Oblak, Dean Henderson and even Bernd Leno in January as well.”

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Could Newcastle look to keep Dubravka?

Howe may have been appointed as Newcastle’s head coach last November, but the alteration in the dugout has not impacted on Dubravka’s game-time.

The Slovakia international has started 17 of the 18 Premier League matches since the former Bournemouth chief’s arrival, meaning he has remained as the Magpies’ first-choice option between the sticks.

He has previously been described by former England international goalkeeper Paul Robinson as an ‘inspirational’ signing, so it could make sense to keep Dubravka on board even if he is seen as an understudy to a new arrival.

Dubravka’s £44,000-per-week contract is not due to expire until the summer of 2025, so he could remain on Tyneside unless a suitor comes forward.

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