Martin Dubravka has become an unlikely hero at Newcastle United.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was once the subject of offers from Aston Villa and Sheffield United.

The Magpies haven’t had a lot to shout about this season, as they only claimed their first win of the campaign on Saturday, but Dubravka has been a shining light in 2018.

With Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez wanting a goalkeeper in the January transfer window, but funds at a premium, the Magpies brought in Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague for the second half of the season.

An experienced Slovakian international, Dubravka was virtually unknown when he made the move to St James’ Park, but he quickly became a cult hero on Tyneside.

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With a superb display against Manchester United, and a host of other fine performances to boot, Dubravka rapidly established himself as a Premier League calibre goalkeeper – and Newcastle made his loan move permanent.

Now, details from the Daily Mail are emerging, suggesting that before Dubravka joined Newcastle, he actually had offers from Aston Villa and Sheffield United, and was even scouted by Chelsea at 21.

It’s unclear just when Villa or United made their moves, as he has featured in Slovakia, Denmark and the Czech Republic over the course of his career, but Newcastle will be glad he is a Magpie rather than being with another English club.

With Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland struggling, Villa would no doubt love Dubravka right now, and may just regret not being able to sign him before he ended up at Newcastle.

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