Arsenal and Celtic are still interested in the availability of Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman, despite the Toon goalkeeper penning a new contract in August, according to the Chronicle.
Woodman was set to be out of contract in the summer of 2020, but agreed to extend his time at St. James’ Park by a further year before leaving for Swansea City on a one-term loan deal.
Arsenal and Celtic’s interest in Woodman has been well documented for some time, with Unai Emery’s Gunners and Neil Lennon’s Hoops both credited with an attentive glare in March, along with Everton and Fulham (Chronicle).
The quartet were seen to be keen on the Croydon-born shot-stopper at a time Newcastle were wrestling over what solution could be made on his future, having denied Woodman a loan move away last season, as he refused to pen a new contract first.
Championship sides later ramped up their efforts to sign the 22-year-old ahead of the second-tier campaign commencing in early August (Chronicle), where Europa League duo Celtic and Arsenal were again name-dropped as sides with ‘solid’ interest.
Newcastle tying Woodman’s immediate future down to an extended contract has failed to waver the Gunners or Hoops’ intrigue, either, as they are both still said to be targeting the former England U21 international.
The Toon are expected to again discuss their goalkeeper situation this season, with Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot both reaching the end of their current terms next summer, although 28-year-old Darlow is tipped for a new deal.
It remains to be seen if either of Arsenal or Celtic do make a move for Woodman, but a transfer would likely only be made if Newcastle decide his long-term future is not at St. James’ Park upon his return from Swansea.
Doing so would probably be on the basis of the 22-year-old struggling during his loan spell at the Liberty Stadium, too, which would surely rule out a move to the Emirates Stadium, unless the Gunners see something the Magpies do not.
However, after signing that new deal and on the basis of his current form, Woodman would surely have to push for a move if he wants out of St. James’ Park next summer, as he has kept four clean sheets in eight second-tier games (TransferMarkt), suggesting he is every bit as capable of being Martin Dubravka’s understudy with an eye to one day replacing the Slovakian.
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