Celtic are looking to replace Fraser Forster in goal after his departure and they are keen on signing Freddie Woodman from Newcastle United.
Newcastle United are often rumored to be interested in some of Europe’s top players as a result of the pending takeover, but transfers also include players leaving St. James’ Park. The Magpies already released seven players last month, primarily those in the reserve squad and players in the academy.
However, according to a new report out of Glasgow, one of Newcastle United’s most promising youngsters could be departure number eight after landing on Celtic’s shortlist.
The Scottish giants were dealt a blow when Fraser Forster, on loan from Southampton, decided to return to his parent club, but now Celtic see Freddie Woodman as a potential replacement.
The report does not indicate whether Celtic plan to make a formal transfer offer for the 23-year-old keeper, or if they aim to bring him in as a loanee, but he has impressed their scouts.
Woodman is currently on the books at Newcastle United, but has enjoyed regular minutes as a starter out on loan at Swansea City this season.
With Martin Dubravka fully established as the number one option between the sticks for the Magpies, Woodman’s odds of taking the top spot on Tyneside are slim to none. That being said, Woodman made the right call taking his talent to Swansea City, a move which has helped him develop into a true professional.
Woodman has played every minute in the Championship and has been integral to the success of the Welsh outfit. With the Newcastle United man in goal, Swansea City have conceded the sixth fewest number of goals this season, and the team is only four points shy of reaching the promotional play-offs.
Steve Bruce recently said that he has a major decision to make regarding Woodman’s future on Tyneside. As I mentioned above, though, Dubravka is not going anywhere any time soon.
Woodman has shown what he can do as a starter and one would assume that he would be eager to join Celtic if an offer is made.
The front office should not stand in his way, but from a financial perspective the club would be wise to demand a transfer fee and not negotiate another loan deal. Woodman’s contract with the Toon expires in the summer of 2021, which means he could walk for free if he is loaned out this summer.
If Celtic decide to act on their interest, should Newcastle United let the promising youngster leave? Let us know in the comments section.