By Russell Edge

20th Jan, 2018 | 12:25pm

Newcastle's latest transfer deal signals immediate boost for Benitez

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Newcastle United appear to be on the verge of a major boost for the club after announcing young goalkeeper Paul Woolston’s loan exit to South Shields FC.
The Magpies confirmed via their official Twitter account and website that the 19-year-old shot stopper was joining the side sitting second in England’s eighth tier, having previously spent time on loan with fellow local sides Blyth Spartans and Darlington.


However, while he has just a handful of appearances under his belt for the Magpies’ reserve side, Woolston has been operating as the club’s third choice keeper following Rob Elliot’s recent injury woes, meaning the youngster’s temporary exit looks to point towards bigger things.
It had been claimed by the Chronicle that both Woolston and goalkeeping counterpart Freddie Woodman were both looking to leave on loan in search of regular first team football this month, but that manager Rafael Benitez blocked their exits, with Elliot’s absence promoting them both to the fringes of the first team.
It was said that the duo would remain on Tyneside until the Spanish boss secured the signing of a new senior stopper, with Elliot set to be out until the end of the month, which makes Woolston’s exit suggest some good news is on its way.
Either Benitez has found himself a new man between the sticks, or Elliot is set to return from his injury early, both of which would be a major boost to the first team squad.
The Republic of Ireland keeper has 16 appearances under his belt this season, but has been missing for the club’s last four games with his muscle injury.
In other Newcastle United news, Mike Ashley has dropped the asking price in takeover talks but has made definitive demands over a deal.

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