CELTIC are lining up a summer move for Martin Dubravka, with Newcastle United willing to allow their Slovakian goalkeeper to leave.

Newcastle have begun an overhaul of their goalkeeping department with the release of Loris Karius, and have opened talks with Burnley over the potential £20m purchase of James Trafford.

If Trafford signs, he will be expected to battle with Nick Pope for a place in the Magpies’ starting side next season, with Dubravka falling to third-choice in the pecking order.

The 35-year-old, who will enter the final year of his current contract at the end of this month, stood in for Pope for most of the second half of last season, but his performances were mixed and Eddie Howe does not see him as a realistic candidate for a starting spot next term.

As a result, the Newcastle hierarchy are looking to move Dubravka on this summer rather than allow him to remain for another year and run down his contract to the point where he will be able to leave as a free agent.

The Magpies are willing to listen to offers for the Slovakian, who is set to start for his country at this summer’s Euros, with Celtic understood to be preparing a formal approach.


The Scottish champions need to sign a new goalkeeper this summer as last season’s number one, Joe Hart, announced his retirement at the end of the season.

Hart started 37 of Celtic’s Scottish Premier League matches last term, with Scott Bain generally operating as his understudy.

Bain, who will turn 33 in November, is regarded as a solid number two, but is not expected to be offered the opportunity to stake a claim for a regular starting spot next season.

Instead, Brendan Rodgers wants to bring in a new senior shot-stopper, and having been impressed with Hart’s influence last term, both on and off the pitch, the Celtic boss will be happy to recruit another goalkeeper in his 30s if they are the best option.

Dubravka ticks Rodgers’ boxes, with his extensive experience at international and Premier League level combining with a price tag and wage demands that are within Celtic’s range.

The Glasgow club are unlikely to be Dubravka’s only suitors, but the opportunity to play in Europe and compete for silverware could make considerable appeal as his career begins to wind towards an end.

Dubravka’s enduing qualities were on display at the weekend as he kept a clean sheet in Slovakia’s 4-0 win over Wales in their final pre-Euros warm-up game.