Kris Temple has dropped the latest on the pursuit of Newcastle United ace Freddie Woodman from a club in the EFL Championship.
The Lowdown: Woodman nearly left
It was reported by The Chronicle back in July that Woodman was close to leaving St. James’ Park to sign on loan for AFC Bournemouth.
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The Cherries have since confirmed on their official website that they have signed goalkeeper Orjan Nyland on a free transfer, who previously played for both Aston Villa and Norwich City.
The Latest: Woodman still pursued
As per BBC journalist Temple, after reporting that Nyland had agreed terms with Bournemouth on a loan deal until the end of the 2021/22 season, he also said:
“I can also report that this doesn’t affect #AFCB’s pursuit of #NUFC GK Freddie Woodman.”
The reporter also explained that the plan is for Woodman to come in and take the number one spot while Nyland serves as deputy.
The Verdict: Keep for now
With both Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow still unavailable at the moment, Woodman had to step in against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, and despite conceding four goals, put in a fine individual performance.
The Englishman managed to save a penalty from Michail Antonio, which unfortunately was put in on the rebound by Tomas Soucek, as he made four saves in total in the game (Sofascore).
Woodman was very impressive while on loan at Swansea City last term too, keeping no fewer than 22 clean sheets in 52 matches in total over all competitions as he helped the Swans get to the Championship play-off final (Transfermarkt) – former Magpies defender Steve Howey even went as far as to claim that he was ‘excellent’.
Nonetheless, the 24-year-old will want to prove that he should stay in the North East while both Dubravka and Darlow are not available.
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