By Russell Edge

4th Dec, 2017 | 10:12am

Report: Newcastle hot prospect set for January exit, Benitez eyes senior arrival

Newcastle United are set to allow hot goalkeeping prospect Freddie Woodman exit the club on loan in January as Rafael Benitez eyes up another senior shot stopper, according to a report.

The Chronicle claim on their website that a new man for between the sticks is a priority for the Spanish boss in January, despite already having three men fighting it out for the role at St James’ Park.

Rob Elliot, who started out as the number one choice this season, has been replaced by Karl Darlow for the last two games, while Woodman, and under-20 World Cup winner with England, is third in line.

However, the youngster is said to have been told by the FA that he needs to be playing regular football in order to be considered for a place in the under-21 squad, with Benitez agreeing that he needs to be playing for his development.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle appear to have strength in depth in goal at the moment, but it is not enough for Rafa Benitez. He clearly wants someone more experienced than the trio currently at his disposal, and while Woodman is certainly one for the future, Darlow and Elliot are much more dispensable from the squad. If Benitez can find the right man for the right price, then either of the duo could see themselves shipped out either in January or over the summer. Either way, the manager is wanting to stamp his mark on the squad, and between the sticks is where he is starting.

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