Deadline day signing Martin Dubravka has revealed he was aware of interest from Newcastle United back in December, but his loan move only materialised after a sleepless and "hectic" 24 hours before penning a deal.
The 29-year-old skipper joined the Magpies from Sparta Prague on loan, with the option to make the deal permanent for £4m next summer.
Rafa Benitez had wanted to sign a third goalkeeper since July, but moves for other targets fell through and the Spaniard turned to the Slovakian international in December as a result.
Speaking to NUFC TV, Dubravka revealed: "I spoke with my agent many times [over the last few days] and they told me what was likely to happen in the next few hours.
"I couldn’t sleep during the night because I didn’t know what was going to happen, then somebody told me that I should fly across on an early-morning flight.
"Then suddenly things changed again, I was just waiting by the phone and waiting for an answer from the clubs. That was my day.
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"Maybe I will feel [the excitement of joining a new club in the next few days] because right now it is too hectic. Maybe after a few days I will just realise that this is a big opportunity for me and my family... I am curious but I feel right now that everything is going in the right way."
The Slovak will find himself competing with the likes of Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot for a starting position at St. James' Park and will hope to repay the faith Benitez has placed in him.