By Danny Mills

8th Jun, 2021 | 6:00pm

Mills: Celtic have stolen a march on Premier League clubs in race to sign Woodman

Danny Mills has claimed Premier League clubs will be interested in signing Celtic transfer target Freddie Woodman.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender suggested the 24-year-old goalkeeper is coming into his “prime” after a fantastic season with Swansea City.

Football Insider revealed at the beginning of June Celtic enquired about Woodman during discussions with Newcastle United about Kristoffer Ajer.

Woodman is third choice at St. James’ Park and has spent the last two seasons on loan with Championship side Swansea.

He played 52 games across all competitions this season as Steve Cooper’s side missed out on promotion after defeat to Brentford in the play-off final.

It is understood Celtic are among a cluster of clubs keen on the former England Under-21 international.

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“I’d be surprised if there weren’t Premier League clubs looking at him, so Celtic could be well placed with an early move,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He’s a very capable goalkeeper. Obviously, he’s had good experience at international level going up through the age groups. He’s now played a lot of football.

“He’s a very, very capable goalkeeper and at 24 he’s coming into his prime age. He’s still young enough to have longevity but old enough to have experience.

“I’d be very surprised that, if he’s available, there’s not one or two Premier League clubs sniffing around him.”

Woodman has now played 134 senior domestic games as he has also enjoyed loan spells with Crawley Town, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.

The London-born stopper has kept seven clean sheets in 19 Scottish Premiership games, including two appearances against Celtic.

In other news, this is the real reason Eddie Howe snubbed Celtic as an autumn appointment is possible.