Journalist: Top-three side on verge of Newcastle loan swoop as terms agreed
Newcastle United have agreed to send young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to Scottish top flight side Aberdeen on loan if they secure the capture of Martin Dubravka on Wednesday, according to a journalist.
The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the side sitting third in Scotland’s Premiership have agreed a “deal in principle” for the 20-year-old shot stopper and that it is dependent on the 29-year-old Slovakian international’s arrival at St James’ Park.
Aberdeen have a deal agreed in principle to sign Freddie Woodman on loan. Should Martin Dúbravka pass his medical and agree terms with #nufc Woodman will spend second half of season north of the border.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 31, 2018
Woodman is viewed as one of the club’s very hottest prospects and made his debut earlier this season, while he has also featured as understudy to both Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot during the campaign, sitting as the third choice keeper under manager Rafael Benitez.
Football Insider verdict
Woodman is in desperate need of first team action to ensure his development does not stall and at Aberdeen he will be under the pressure of pushing for a top two place after the Dons lost ground to Rangers. He spent time with Kilmarnock last season so he knows the league well but this move would be at another level with much higher expectations of his ability, and it is up to him to prove that he has what it takes. This could be his final spell out on loan before being shoehorned into the first team setup at St James’ Park so he will have to shine to stand any chance of more game time next season.
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