Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has told The Chronicle that the club now face a difficult call on Freddie Woodman after signing Mark Gillespie.

The Magpies may have big plans in mind if their takeover comes off this summer, but their first signing is a more low-key addition.

Goalkeeper Gillespie has agreed to join the club, with his Motherwell contract set to expire today. The stopper rejoins his hometown club, ten years since leaving Newcastle.

The 28-year-old is unlikely to push Martin Dubravka for the starting role at St James’ Park, and may in fact only be third choice following his move.

Rob Elliot’s exit means Gillespie could be cover behind Karl Darlow and Dubravka, whilst giving the Newcastle-born stopper an emotional return to the club.

The wildcard in this situation is Woodman. The young stopper has impressed out on loan at Swansea City, and has attracted major interest of the back of his performances.

The Chronicle claimed in March that Arsenal want to sign Woodman. They have allegedly scouted Woodman extensively, whilst his father Andy is Arsenal’s Head of Goalkeeping too.

Now, Bruce has admitted that Newcastle need to make a decision on Woodman after signing Gillespie, as there could now be a real chance of him moving on – either on loan or permanently.

“He’s signed, and will be part of the squad next year; he’s obviously not allowed to play now,” said Bruce. “With Rob Elliot leaving, it’s important we have three goalkeepers. We’ve now got to make the call on Woodman at Swansea,” he added.

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