Reports: Top flight side eye temporary swoop for top Newcastle talent seeking exit
Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is being eyed up for a loan swoop by Scottish top flight side Aberdeen, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim on their website that the club currently sitting third in the Premiership are seeking a new shot stopper after first choice Joe Lewis was ruled out of action for the coming months with a serious injury blow, and have identified the Magpies’ 20-year-old talent as a possible replacement.
Woodman, who made his debut earlier this season in Newcastle’s FA Cup win over Luton Town, is viewed as a top prospect for both club and country, having played a starring role on the way to England’s under-20 World Cup winning campaign last summer, and spent the second half of last season in Scotland with Kilmarnock.
It has been claimed by the Chronicle that the goalkeeper has been seeking a temporary exit from St James’ Park once again in order to gain more first team experience, having sat as understudy for Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow this season.
Football Insider verdict
While on the surface this deal seems like a good move for all parties, there is no way Newcastle will let a move go ahead without first snapping up a new goalkeeper for themselves. Woodman is currently third in line on Tyneside but as proven earlier in the campaign, injuries could shoot him right into the first team fray, either as substitute or first choice. Manager Rafael Benitez wants to ensure he has a senior goalkeeper lined up just in case and in the absence of an experienced body, that responsibility falls at Woodman’s feet. Will it remain that way? Both Newcastle and Woodman will be hoping not, as everyone knows he needs regular first team action to develop.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, a Magpies’ target is on their way to the UK to secure a £14million deal.