Leeds to pursue £10m signing of Newcastle goalkeeper

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Freddie Woodman
Freddie Woodman

Leeds United are interested in signing Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who will cost £10million this summer.

This is according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, who claim that Woodman is on Leeds’ shortlist after Kiko Casilla left the club this week in a loan to move to Elche.

The club’s director of football, Victor Orta, has reportedly shortlisted three goalkeepers.

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Woodman, Dani Cardenas of Levante and Kristoffer Klaesson of Valerenga are the ‘keepers that Orta is looking at.

Illan Meslier is the current first-choice at Elland Road and that is unlikely to change.

Any incoming signings in Meslier’s position will be second-choice at the club, much like Casilla was.

The Newcastle shot-stopper spent the last season on loan at Swansea City, helping them to the Championship play-off final, where they were defeated by Brentford.

The 24-year-old was impressive during his loan spell, making 52 appearances in all competitions, keeping 22 clean sheets.

Woodman has also had loan stints at Hartlepool, Crawley, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen since joining the Magpies in 2013.

£10m would be a decent fee for all parties, as he does not appear to have a future at his parent club, and having a competent number two is imperative for a Premier League club.

Earlier this year Woodman suggested that he was looking to “kick on” – which would result in leaving the Magpies.

Speaking with The Athletic in February, Woodman insisted that he wants to “experience so much more” in his career:

“As happy as I am to have played those games, deep down, I want more. I see (Karl) Darlow doing really well now and I’ve watched Martin (Dubravka), Tim Krul, Steve Harper; all these goalies have played so many games.

“I think to myself, ‘I’d love to do that, to go out and play in front of 52,000 for such a massive club and rack up the games’.

“I look back and appreciate playing for such a big club but I also think, ‘Come on, I want to experience so much more and kick on’. It makes me super excited for what’s to come.”