Report: Southampton want to sign Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman

Newcastle Utd - Gate

Woodman is seen as one of the bright prospects in Newcastle’s academy, but now Southampton want him.

According to a report in the Chronicle, Southampton are keen on signing Freddie Woodman, who is considered one of the brightest prospects in the Magpies academy.

An 18-year-old goalkeeper, Woodman has already been on the substitutes bench a number of times this season, and he is seen by many at St James’ Park as the long-term successor to Tim Krul for the Magpies.

He has been capped at every youth level for England from Under-16 upwards, and he is currently a starting member of the Under-19 international team.

Despite being yet to appear for the Newcastle first-team, his reputation as one of the most highly rated young goalkeepers in England is set, and Southampton’s interest comes following a run of impressive performances at Under-21 level and in the FA Youth Cup for the Tyneside outfit this season.

Despite the Saints interest in Woodman, it is likely that Newcastle will reject any offers for their starlet, and with him tied down to a long contract, they have no need to sell.

There is no indication as to Woodman’s preferences whether to move or stay in the North East, although it is likely that playing chances will be more forthcoming at St James’ Park, with a major revamping on the squad this season.

Tim Krul is expected to depart the club, whilst Karl Darlow has yet to prove himself in the Premier League.

Woodman will probably start next season with Newcastle as second choice stopper, and that is surely enough to see him want to remain with the Magpies.

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch