Everton in hunt to sign another Newcastle player - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is attracting interest from three Premier League teams this summer, according to a report.
The Chronicle claims that Tottenham, Everton and Crystal Palace are all keeping tabs on the 20-year-old.
The newspaper reports that a number of clubs have already made enquires for the shot-stopper in the last few weeks including English sides Rotherham United, Northampton Town, Bury and SPL team Hearts.
Everton have already snapped up a youngster from Newcastle this summer as they recently signed defender Lewis Gibson on a three-year deal.
The report claims that the Tyneside club have informed the youngster to stay this season as a back-up option behind preferred keepers Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow.
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Woodman is reportedly becoming unsettled at Newcastle due to the amount of clubs interested in him during the transfer window.
The goalkeeper was not involved in the matchday squad for the opening league match of the campaign against Tottenham last weekend.
He was sent out on loan to SPL side Kilmarnock last season where he enjoyed first-team action, featuring in 15 matches and keeping four clean sheets in the process.
The goalkeeper impressed with his performances for the Under-20 England national team in the World Cup this summer.
The youngster played an integral role in helping his country win the competition, saving a late penalty in the final against Venezuela.
Woodman currently has three years remaining on his contract at St James’ Park.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle currently find themselves in a tricky situation concerning the goalkeeper’s future. Benitez appears convinced that Elliot will be his number one choice this season but if he wants to keep Woodman at the club, he needs to find a way to get him more involved in the first-team. If Tottenham and Everton continue with their pursuit for the keeper before the end of the transfer window, it will be extremely hard for the youngster to turn down a chance to play in Europe. However, with Hugo Lloris and Jordan Pickford set to be main men between the sticks for Spurs and Everton respectively, Woodman’s best chance of a regular place in the Premier League would be moving to Palace this summer.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club are firmly in the running to sign another Liverpool attacking gem.