According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has received two Championship offers.
Woodman, 22, joined Newcastle from Crystal Palace in 2013, but has struggled to break through on Tyneside. The goalkeeper has made just one first-team appearance for the Magpies, and even that came in the FA Cup.
A regular with England at various youth team levels, Woodman needs first-team football. He’s been out on loan four times, joining Hartlepool United, Crawley Town, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen in recent years.
Woodman hasn’t played a senior game for over a year now, and allegedly wants a loan exit. With the transfer deadline approaching, Woodman allegedly has two offers in the Championship.
Arsenal and Celtic want Woodman permanently, with Woodman out of contract next summer. If Newcastle can get him down to a new deal, a loan move may materialise – and he sticks some boxes for Preston.
First things first, Preston played against Newcastle on Saturday at Deepdale, with Woodman featuring. That would have been a perfect chance for North End to ask the question about Woodman, getting Steve Bruce face-to-face.
The only other goalkeeper North End have been majorly interested in is Aro Muric. He’s a young goalkeeper needing first-team football having been touted for a bright future at Manchester City. Woodman is in a similar boat, so would certainly make sense as a target having missed out on Muric to Nottingham Forest.
Woodman is of the right age to start playing Championship football now, which is what North End would want from a loan. He comes with a great pedigree in the Premier League and the England setup, making real sense as a Preston target.
We saw how impressive Jordan Pickford was for North End, and how great Dean Henderson was at Sheffield United last season. Woodman would be a similar kind of loan deal, as a talented young goalkeeper looking to finally make a name for himself.
North End may well be one of the teams in for Woodman, as it makes so much sense – and having only played at Deepdale on Saturday, it would be little surprise to see him return for the season.