By Alex McLeish

20th Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Ex-manager: Newcastle star Woodman may pull U-turn and sign for Leeds

Alex McLeish has suggested Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman may pull a U-turn and consider joining Leeds United.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old needs to step up after spending two seasons in the Championship with Swansea.

As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday (July 18th), Leeds have pulled the plug on their pursuit of Woodman after submitting a loan-to-buy offer.

The Newcastle shot-stopper rejected the Whites’ approach as he did not want to play second fiddle to Illan Meslier next term.

As such, Leeds have moved onto other targets, including Levante’s Dani Cardenas, 24, and Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson, 20.

Newcastle value Woodman, who has two years left on his contract, at around £10million.

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As confirmed by manager Steve Bruce, Newcastle blocked the keeper from joining Bournemouth on loan this week.

Martin Dubravka has suffered a foot injury while Karl Darlow is isolating after testing positive for Coronavirus.

With a move still up in the air, McLeish suggested Woodman may now consider joining a top-flight side.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s maybe time for him to step up to a Premier League team.

“I think that would be his goal. His big motivation would be to get as high as he can.

“If someone in there thinks: ‘Well our goalkeeper needs a challenge,’ you never know.

“He could go in there at Leeds and be an instant hit, so it could still happen.”

Woodman has played just four times for Newcastle’s senior side to date.

Meanwhile, he has 95 appearances under his belt for Swansea after his loan spells.

In other news, Danny Mills predicts Leeds United left-footer to join a new team next season after talks are held.