Newcastle United goalkeeper attracting summer interest after 'frustrating' campaign

A clutch of Championship clubs are keen to take Freddie Woodman on loan next season.
Freddie Woodman.Freddie Woodman.
Freddie Woodman.

The highly-rated goalkeeper made three first-team appearances for Newcastle United last season.

Woodman had hoped to go out on loan in 2018-19, but the club blocked a temporary move after he refused to sign a contract extension.

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Speaking in October, United manager Rafa Benitez said: “We agree that he has to play.

“But, at the same time, he has to have a future with the club.”

Woodman, looking for a new, longer-term contract, had rejected the offer of one-year extension on the same terms as his existing deal, which was signed in 2016.

The 22-year-old, away with England’s Under-21s ahead of the European Championship finals later this month, only has a year left on his St James’s Park deal.

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And he will be able to talk to other teams from January 1 if he doesn’t sign a new deal.

There is interest in Woodman – who has previously had loan spells at Aberdeen and Crawley Town – from Championship clubs, though it is not clear whether United will be prepared to loan him if he doesn’t agree a new contract.

Woodman went on to make three FA Cup appearances for Newcastle.

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He was also named on the bench for Premier League fixtures while Karl Darlow was sidelined with an injury.

Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Rob Elliot has a year left on his United contract.

The 33-year-old was told to find a new club by Benitez last season.