Mills: Leeds told to launch fresh move for 'incredible' Woodman after what he's heard
Leeds United should try and sign Freddie Woodman on a permanent deal from Newcastle United, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted the goalkeeper does not want another loan move from Newcastle United.
Football Insider revealed on 14 July that Woodman had rejected a loan move to Elland Road with an option to buy.
The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan in the Championship with Swansea City.
Leeds are in the market for a new stopper after Kiko Casilla joined Elche on loan for the season.
“It’s never easy,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“A young goalkeeper who’s done incredibly well, I think he’s an outstanding goalkeeper, he’s going to want a chance.
“I don’t think it’s down to the fact he wants to be first-choice, I think it’s down to the fact he doesn’t want a loan move. He wants it to be a permanent deal. I don’t think he’s rejected it because he’s arrogant enough to think he should be first-choice, it’s more down to the fact that he would rather it be a permanent deal rather than another loan move.
“Freddie’s a very good goalkeeper and would love the opportunity to challenge. Leeds would be perfect for him, it would be very, very good for both.
“But I’m led to believe he wants a permanent move, even if that’s challenging. It’s not just about being number one. He wants a permanent move because he’s been on loan enough.
“There might have been a case of a loan move with an option to buy but I think he’s like ‘If you want me, get it done.’ And rightly so. He’s had enough loan moves.”