Freddie Woodman signs long-term Newcastle deal, snubbing reported Premier League interest

Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman during the warm up

The 19-year-old was linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs earlier in the year.

Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman during the warm upNewcastle United's Freddie Woodman warms up

Newcastle United have secured the future of goalkeeping prospect Freddie Woodman on a long-term deal, putting to an end rumours linking the 19-year-old to a number of Premier League clubs.

Woodman is one of the brightest goalkeepers England have available in their youth groups, and has signed a new four-year deal at St James's Park.

Crystal Palace - where Woodman's father Andy, himself a former Magpies coach, used to play and is currently coaching - Tottenham, Liverpool and Southampton were all linked with making a move for the youngster earlier in the year, according to the Chronicle.

The goalkeeping situation at St James's Park is a complicated one, with a number of decent stoppers on the books at the Magpies. Full internationals Tim Krul and Rob Elliott have impressed in the past, but are currently out with long term injuries, meaning former Nottingham Forest 'keeper Karl Darlow ended last season as number one. Belgium stopper Matz Sels also joined in the summer and is likely to start the new campaign as first choice.

Arguably, Woodman is the one with the highest ceiling, despite being fifth choice were everyone fit.

"I do consider this place home now," he told the club website. "It's a great moment for me and my family to continue the journey with Newcastle."

Two of the sides linked with Woodman, Liverpool and Tottenham, have been active in their search for goalkeepers this summer. Liverpool were on the look out for goalkeeping talent early in the transfer window, and went on to sign more established first team choice Loris Karius from the Bundesliga, while Tottenham are reported to be interested in bringing in a young talented option to act as number three behind Hugo Lloris and former Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

With all of the injuries at Newcastle in that position, the England Under 19 man made the bench 13 times last season. After taking in loans at Hartlepool United and Crawley Town to get closer to first team football over the last couple of years, the latter of which saw him make 12 appearances, he is obviously happy to extend his stay on Tyneside. As more players return to fitness it is likely Woodman is sent out on loan, but until then, Rafa Benitez may decide to keep him involved with the first team.

Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman before the matchNewcastle United's Freddie Woodman

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