Report: Southampton competing with Arsenal for Newcastle's Freddie Woodman

Southampton and Arsenal are hoping to sign Freddie Woodman from Newcastle United, according to reports.

Arsenal and Southampton are hoping to sign Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Woodman is yet to make a first-team appearance for Newcastle, but his talent is well known and it seems that Arsenal and Southampton could be willing to make a move in the summer.

The Premier League duo are two of the clubs in England that put the most faith in youngsters and they feel Woodman would enhance the quality in their academy ranks considerably.

The 18-year-old stopper, who has represented England at youth level, is reportedly available for around £1 million and Arsenal and Southampton are both willing to meet that price.

The key to the transfer is in the fact that both these clubs would also be open to allowing Woodman to leave on loan, whereas Newcastle want him to stay at St. James' Park.

Southampton and Arsenal feel he would benefit from receiving competitive first-team action, but Newcastle are keen for him to offer cover to their current goalkeeping options.

If the Magpies did decide to sell Woodman, they would still have the likes of Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow to choose from, but it would be a blow to lose one of their major prospects.

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