Leeds need a backup goalkeeper for this season and have identified Freddie Woodman as a potential target
Leeds United are believed to be keen on strengthening their goalkeeping department, and have been in touch with Newcastle United about a bid for Freddie Woodman this week.
24-year-old Woodman has enjoyed two superb seasons on loan at Swansea City in the Championship, playing over 85 times for the club, and has became one of the most highly sought after goalkeepers in the country.
Leeds are on the lookout for a replacement for Kiko Casilla, who joined Elche on loan earlier this week, and Woodman’s form for Swansea led to a cash bid according to local press in Newcastle.
Celtic are also said to be keen on Woodman, who was not part of Newcastle’s pre-season training camp in York this week, instead posting a picture to his Instagram story of him enjoying a coffee in Croydon, near where he grew up.
The goalkeeper followed his father Andy to Newcastle as a 17-year-old, when Woodman Sr joined the Magpies as goalkeeping coach under Alan Pardew, and brought his son with him once his contract at Crystal Palace had expired.
Despite never having made a first-team appearance for the Geordies, Woodman is still highly rated by those in charge at St James’ Park, and is under contract until 2023. Currently, Martin Dubravka holds the number one shirt at Newcastle with Karl Darlow as backup stopper, and Mark Gillespie on the books also.
Four goalkeepers at one club doesn’t make much sense though, so departures do seem to make sense. Whether or not Leeds will come back with another bid is unclear as yet, with the Whites also said to be keen on Levante’s Dani Cardenas and Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson.