Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has been linked with a move to Premier League giants Arsenal.
It has been reported that Woodman is on the shortlist for the Gunners and while it is unknown whether the move can happen in January, it looks like some interest is certainly there.
Arsenal have been tracking Woodman
Football.London have stated that Woodman is currently on Arsenal’s list of targets and they see him as one of the options to solve their goalkeeping issues. While the report casts doubts about whether a potential move can happen this month or not, it says that the Gunners have been tracking him since the end of the 2019/20 campaign, when he was on loan at Swansea City.
Should Newcastle sell Woodman?
The report also mentions a key detail about Woodman’s situation, stating that the goalkeeper’s father is the Head of under-23s Goalkeeping at Arsenal and that may help a potential move to the Emirates. Woodman is said to fit the sort of profile that Mikel Arteta wants in a goalkeeper and he will count towards Arsenal’s homegrown quota too.
Swansea boss Steve Cooper had big praise for Woodman last year and said: “We love Freddie. He’s been brilliant for us and has shown his true worth this season, particularly this week.”
Newcastle should look for Woodman sale
Whilst Woodman has been on loan at Swansea this season, he has been a regular for the Swans in the Championship and Newcastle already have three goalkeepers in their current first-team set up – Martin Dubravka, Mark Gillespie and Karl Darlow.
Darlow has been the club’s highest-performing player in the season, while Dubravka has returned to action after an injury already. This shows that it could be tough for Woodman to make an impact in the club’s first-team and because of that, it may be best for the Magpies to sell the Englishman as it would help them raise some cash to potentially spend elsewhere.
In other news, Mark Douglas has talked about a potential takeover – read more here.
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