Report: Newcastle will not allow Freddie Woodman to join Leeds

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 1, 2018 in...

Championship challengers Leeds United are understood to be interested in Newcastle's Premier League goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Newcastle United Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman (41) arrives for the Premier League Match between Newcastle Unite and West Ham United on December 1, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has indicated that fans should prepare for a quiet January, as reported by the YEP, but that has not stopped the Yorkshire club being linked with the promising Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

According to the Chronicle, Leeds have enquired about the prospect of signing Woodman on loan for the second half of the season.

The 21-year-old has been open about his frustrations at Newcastle, given that he has failed to make a single first-team appearance under Rafa Benitez since returning from a short spell at Aberdeen in May.

 

But, according to the Mirror (live blog, 12.58am), both Leeds and Woodman could end up kicking the floor in frustration.

Because it is understood that Newcastle will not let the England U20 World Cup winner leave on loan as long as back-up goalkeeper Karl Darlow remains on the sidelines through injury.

Karl Darlow of Newcastle United during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United at City Ground on August 29, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

Darlow, who is second choice behind Martin Dubravka on Tyneside, is currently out with an elbow injury, meaning Woodman was promoted to the bench for the 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Wednesday night.

So Leeds will be praying that Darlow makes a speedy recovery - otherwise Woodman will surely stay put.

Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman dives in the air to tip the ball over the crossbar during the Newcastle United Training Session at The Newcastle United Training Centre on October 31, 2018, in...

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