According to a British daily newspaper the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are leading the hunt to sign Newcastle United shot-stopper Martin Dubravka ahead of Manchester United.

It’s believed that the Slovak is unsettled following the exit of Rafael Benitez and the Villans board are seeking to take advantage of that situation to tempt him to a move to Villa Park in the summer.

The report states that Dubravka is valued at around £12m. A product of the MSK Zilina set-up, Dubravka initially joined the Magpies on a short-term loan deal from Sparta Praha at the start of the previous year.

And the 30-year-old star didn’t take any time settling into life in England, playing an important role behind the club’s survival during the 2017/18 term.

As a result of his consistent displays in goal, his loan move was made permanent by Newcastle United for a fee of £3.6m last summer.

Although Dubravka’s showings weren’t as consistent as it were during the backend of the 2017/18 season, the Slovak still managed to make an impression.

He featured in all of his side’s 38 league games, conceding 48 goals, which was the best defensive record in the bottom end of the standings last season.

Hence, Martin being a subject of interest from a number of top clubs across Europe, including the Red Devils, isn’t surprising at all as from the standpoint Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side, they are looking for a goalkeeper amid interest from Real Madrid and PSG for Spain international David de Gea.