Celtic are chasing Newcastle United’s England Under-21 goalkeeper, Freddie Woodman, with the youngster considering his future at the Premier League side.
Arsenal are also interested in the player, and it could see the two giants of the game on either side of the border battling it out for one of the best upcoming goalkeepers in the Premier League.
Woodman sees his career in limbo, after making only a handful of appearances in the FA Cup this season, and having recently lost his place on the Magpies’ bench with Karl Darlow’s return to fitness, report the Shields Gazette.
Arsenal are believed to be leading the race for the 22-year-old’s signature, but a move to Celtic may hold more appeal for the player.
With Scott Bain between the posts, ahead of ageing 36-year-old veteran Craig Gordon, a move North would likely see Woodman in a two-way battle for the number one spot.
With Petr Cech retiring, any move to Arsenal would likely see him as a back-up to German Bernd Leno, who has firmly established himself as the number one choice at the Emirates.
In playing terms, a move to London could prove to be a sideways step, with him struggling for action in the same way he is at Newcastle.
As that is the main reason for his frustration, the opportunity to fight for a starting place in Glasgow would seem like a much more attractive proposition for him.
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