Manchester United looking to agree loan deal for Newcastle star in late window swoop

The Red Devils are looking to make a late move for the Magpie player

Manchester United are in talks over a loan move for Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka as they look to add a competent back up option for David de Gea this summer.

United have been on the hunt for a backup goalkeeper for much of the transfer window, having let Dean Henderson join Nottingham Forest on loan earlier in the summer, and had previously been linked with a move for Eintracht Frankfurt stopper Kevin Trapp, only to be put off by the £21m price-tag placed on his head by the Bundesliga club.

As a result, they have changed tack, and are now looking to agree a loan move for Dubravka. The Slovakian has been sidelined since the arrival of Nick Pope this summer, but made 26 appearances in the top flight last season, and has racked up nearly 200 Premier League appearances since arriving on Tyneside.

And the Athletic report that, while it is at an early stage, a loan move is being explored, with the Magpies currently having 4 first-team goalkeeping options and Dubravka having lost his place to new signing Nick Pope, who joined from Burnley earlier this window.

However, they warn that ‘United are yet to reach an agreement with Newcastle for the 33-year-old Slovakia international’.

Meanwhile, it is added that ‘United are believed to have somewhat cooled their pursuit of PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo as they are focusing their attention on securing a deal for Antony’.

In fact, the Red Devils could offer as much as 100m euros for the Brazilian, who has begun house hunting in Manchester and demanded that Ajax allow him to move before the transfer deadline.

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