Report: Everton monitoring Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman

Marco Silva manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on March 17, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Everton are among the sides monitoring Freddie Woodman's situation at Newcastle United, according to reports.

Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman makes a save during the Newcastle United Training session at Carton House on July 13, 2018, in Kildare, Ireland.

Everton are one of the clubs monitoring Freddie Woodman's future at Newcastle as the goalkeeper edges closer to the final year of his contract at St James' Park, according to a report from the Chronicle.

Woodman is arguably one of the brightest talents that Rafa Benitez has on his books on Tyneside. However, the 22-year-old has been unable to force his way into the Magpies' plans with Martin Dubravka playing every Premier League game this season.

 

The Chronicle reports that a 'contract wrangle' prevented the stopper from heading out on loan, and it appears that a queue of clubs is now forming in case he soon becomes available.

The report suggests that Everton and Arsenal are currently keeping tabs on Woodman, while Fulham and Celtic are amongst those to have scouted the youngster at some stage this season.

Everton manager Marco Silva during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St. James's Park, Newcastle on Saturday 9th March 2019.

With his contract expiring at the end of next season, it would appear that the situation surrounding his future could come to a head this summer if Newcastle decide that they have no choice but to let him go.

It would be a blow for the Magpies to lose one of their biggest talents. But while they have Dubravka as number one and options such as Karl Darlow also available, Woodman's clearest path towards first-team football does perhaps take him away from St James' Park.

But with the likes of Everton and Arsenal also boasting established number one options, it may not be easy for either of Newcastle's Premier League rivals to convince the player to join them at this stage in his career. 

Freddie Woodman of Newcastle United warms up prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St James' Park on January 6, 2018 in Newcastle upon...

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