By Harry Sykes
Exciting young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is on the radars of two Premier League clubs, according to a report.
The Chronicle reports that Newcastle will have to fend off some “serious interest” before the end of the summer transfer window, with both Everton and Crystal Palace interested in a permanent deal for the England Under-20 stopper.
Despite having the player tied down on a contract until 2020, his progress is said to have attracted the attention from top-flight clubs.
It’s not the first time he’s made the radar of Premier League clubs, with both Liverpool and Tottenham said to have scouted him over the past few years.
The Chronicle adds that the contract situation leaves Newcastle in a strong position over the player, who has expressed interest to go out to League One on loan.
It is reported that Woodman has been eyed up by Northampton Town and Heart of Midlothian, but no progress has been made on a deal.
Meanwhile, The Mirror has reported that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is furious over the lack of transfer activity at the club.
This comes after it was claimed that Stoke had turned down a bid of £12million for striker Joselu and Newcastle were refusing to enter the race for Andros Townsend.
Football Insider verdict:
After reports earlier in the summer that Mike Ashley was going to back Benitez in the transfer market, it’s been a tough few months for loyal Newcastle fans. With news that Benitez is seeking fresh talks with the Newcastle hierarchy and just five new recruits made – without a real standout signing – things don’t look rosy for the club’s return to the Premier League. The unknown Mikel Merino is perhaps their best signing this summer but what Benitez really needs is a striker. The news that they’re having problems persuading Stoke to hand over Joselu is really not what fans want to hear. As for Woodman, it would seem that it’s too soon to make a move to another top-flight club, with the player himself looking for a loan move to a lower league. However, with all the uncertainty at St James’ Park, he could easily have his head turned and Everton’s Ronald Koeman has a great reputation for working with young players.
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