Newcastle United have reportedly taken 20-year old goalkeeper Filip Dmitrovic on trial at the club’s Benton training base following a proposed move to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven broke down earlier this week.
Serbian by birth, Dmitrovic has represented his homeland at U20 level on three occasions. However having grown up in Austria, where he currently plays for SK Austria Klagenfurt, the youngster has opted to apply for Austrian citizenship in a bid to represent the Austrian national side in future. Speaking in a recent interview with Austrian media, Dmitrovic stated he regarded Austria as his home.
At club level, he has represented Klagenfurt in Austria’s second division for the past few seasons, making 28 league appearances this term, keeping four clean sheets in the process. United’s scouts have been impressed with recent performances and the club are reportedly interested in signing the goalkeeper to a permanent deal, should he continue to impress on Tyneside.
With two first team goalkeepers out for some time with serious knee injuries, United are likely to be looking to be bolstering their options between the posts. Young stopper Freddie Woodman is also out of contract in the summer, which could pave the way for Dmitrovic’s move should Woodman leave on a free transfer.
Having gained interest from the likes of PSV Eindhoven, a side making regular appearances in European competitions, it is clear that Dmitrovic is deemed a top talent for the future, and should United secure his signature at a snip of around a few hundred thousand pounds, they may pull off a coup in acquiring the services of a diamond in the rough.