English club seek eleventh hour swoop for Newcastle goalkeeper (not Krul) - reliable journalist
By Danny Wright
English League One side Fleetwood are seeking a last-minute deal for Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, according to a reliable journalist.
Newcastle Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that Woodman, 20, could be on his way out of St. James’ Park on a temporary basis for a second season in a row.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 31, 2017
The Magpies are well stocked in the goalkeeping department with Woodman, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Tim Krul among those fighting for the No 1 spot in Rafa Benitez’s first-team plans.
England Under-21 international Woodman has been named on the bench for the last two Newcastle fixtures but just as he was getting close to earning his senior debut for the Tyneside club, it appears that he may be off to Fleetwood.
Woodman isn’t the only goalkeeper linked with an eleventh hour Newcastle exit on deadline day as De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij claimed Krul has agreed terms to join Brighton.
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Football Insider Verdict
Woodman would be a very good swoop for Fleetwood, mainly because he deserves a chance of playing in the Newcastle first-team. The English youngster is a brilliant prospect and it is a shame that Benitez doesn’t seem too keen to give academy products like him much chance of senior football. Players like Adam Armstrong could have been knocking on the door of the first-team this season but it’s a shame for English football that Benitez would rather go abroad to find talent – and that hasn’t exactly worked well for the club in recent seasons. Newcastle’s goalkeeper situation is a strange one but it looks like it may all be resolved by 11pm.
In other Newcastle news, the Toon have reportedly made an enquiry to sign a Serbian goalkeeper.