Could Jordan Pickford reports boost Everton's Freddie Woodman hopes?

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 sides that have reportedly scouted Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman this season.

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

It was recently reported by the Chronicle that Everton were one of the teams monitoring Newcastle prospect Freddie Woodman, with his future at St James' Park looking uncertain.

Shortly after, the Shields Gazette reported that Arsenal are the side currently leading the charge to sign Woodman, with his father working at the club as goalkeeping coach at the academy.

 

With Jordan Pickford between the sticks at Goodison Park, it may not have surprised many Toffees supporters that, judging by the two reports, Woodman joining Everton was not his preferred option.

But following the latest reports concerning Pickford's future on Merseyside, perhaps Everton's chances of beating Arsenal to Woodman's signature may improve this summer.

Jordan Pickford of Everton FC  during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton FC at London Stadium on March 30, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

The Sun suggested that Everton are considering letting Pickford leave should they receive a bid for £50 million. It is a surprise that the Toffees could let the England international go, but it must certainly make a move to Goodison a more attractive option for any goalkeeper with any aspiration to be the club's number one.

The idea that Everton would have listened to bids for Pickford would have been quashed immediately this time last year. It remains to be seen if they are actually willing to let Pickford go, but the fact that the fans are somewhat divided on the future of their number one does say a little about the season he has had. 

If Pickford left this summer, it would still be incredibly unlikely that Woodman would get the number one spot if he did join Everton. But if Woodman did join and the Toffees' replacement for Pickford proved to be a disappointment, there may soon be an opportunity there for the Newcastle youngster.

A general view of Goodison Park before the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester Cit at Goodison Park on February 6, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch