Aston Villa boss Dean Smith hasn’t been in the mood for messing around when it comes to building his squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Following promotion to the Premier League last season, Smith has added seven players to his ranks with more likely to follow.
One area that hasn’t been strengthened just yet is the goalkeeping department.
Jed Steer was desperately impressive as the club went on a remarkable run to win promotion from the Championship, but several goalkeepers have been linked with a move to Villa Park this summer.
Jack Butland, Neil Etheridge and Tom Heaton have all been touted as potential signings for Smith.
A new name has emerged, however, in the form of Newcastle United custodian Martin Dubravka.
The Daily Mail claims that the Magpies man is subject of vast interest with Aston Villa leading the race.
Quite simply, Dubravka is the best of the bunch as far as goalkeepers linked to Aston Villa goes.
The report says that the 30-year-old is valued at £12 million and that would represent a real steal.
A Slovakia international, Dubravka was ever-present for Newcastle last season; winning the Nort East Player of the Year for his standout performances.
A solid goalkeeper can be worth an extra 15-20 points and Villa must get it right.
The former Sparta Prague stopper commands his box well, is good in the air and distributes impressively from the back.
He would represent a real coup for Aston Villa, should Smith opt to sign the goalkeeper.