The Chronicle have confirmed that both Fulham and Arsenal have now showed interest in signing unsettled top NUFC talent Freddie Woodman – with both London clubs sending scouts to watch the England international in action on Tyneside.
After a recent loan spell with Aberdeen last season, the goalkeeper would’ve been expecting another spell away from St James’ to further his development at first team level, however it was reported that any temporary move was ‘blocked’ by the club over the summer.
Considering we have Dubravka, Darlow and Elliot on our books at senior level, this made no sense – leaving the 21-year-old in what he described as a ‘bad situation’.
He’s now an England U-21 international. Many players at that level are laying week in, week out in the Premier League, yet Woodman finds himself playing for our U-23’s – and that just isn’t right at this stage of his career.
Here’s a snippet from The Chronicle’s piece, confirming interest from Arsenal and Fulham:
Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is being watched by both Arsenal and Fulham.
The Chronicle can reveal that both London clubs are aware that the player is in contract limbo at St James’ Park after the shot-stopper did not sign a new deal in the summer.
Woodman could leave the club on a free transfer in 2020 but is waiting to see if he will be loaned out in January with a clutch of EFL clubs eager to take him for the second half of the campaign.
Whether clubs will be tempted to try their luck with a cash bid in January remains to be seen.
Scouts from Arsenal and the Cottagers have been at recent Newcastle reserve games to see Woodman in action.
If we don’t handle his situation much more wisely, we run a serious risk of losing him.
A loan move must happen in January, but as it says in the quotes above, someone may be tempted to try their luck in January to sign him permanently at this rate