Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is confident he would develop under Scott Parker if granted permission to join Bournemouth on loan, according to The Athletic.
The Toon pulled the plug on the shot-stopper’s proposed move to Dean Court at the 11th hour as Steve Bruce faces an injury crisis in goal. Newcastle lost regular number one Martin Dubravka to a foot injury, while back-up Karl Darlow has tested positive for coronavirus.
United do not know if Dubravka or Darlow will be fit for the start of the new Premier League season. Bruce may have to rely on rarely-seen third-choice Mark Gillespie if Woodman were to leave, with the 24-year-old facing a frustrating and drawn-out summer of speculation.
Newcastle and Bournemouth have all but agreed a season-long loan for Woodman that will allow him to continue playing regularly. The goalkeeper was one of the Championship’s best last term while playing for Swansea, keeping the most clean sheets (21).
Woodman was excited to now return to the second-tier and represent Bournemouth after the Cherries failed to secure promotion. He has faith in Parker keeping his development on track after being inspired by the new Bournemouth boss’ intended plans.
The Cherries still want Woodman on loan if Newcastle revert their decision to scrap a deal. But Parker cannot wait forever, having lost Bournemouth’s previous first-choice with Asmir Begovic joining Everton. And the longer he waits, it will be tougher to loan an alternative.
Leeds are also still interested in signing Woodman, per Chronicle Live, despite the Toon rejecting a cash bid. The offer failed to meet the Magpies’ valuation, which Chronicle Live previously claimed is £10m for a permanent transfer.
Newcastle crisis a big problem for Woodman and Bournemouth
The uncertainty surrounding Bruce’s goalkeeper options at Newcastle poses a big problem for Woodman and Bournemouth. He was all set to join the Cherries before Dubravka and Darlow became unavailable, with a medical even scheduled.
Now, though, Parker and Woodman are waiting to see if either Dubravka or Darlow will recover in time to face West Ham on the opening day of the season and salvage a deal.
A loan move to Bournemouth would suit all parties if Newcastle do not need Woodman against the Hammers. It will allow the Magpies product to play regularly, which he would not at St James’ Park, and keep developing.
Woodman became one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship with his progress at Swansea, that Newcastle will be loath to waste. Former Jacks boss Steve Cooper also hailed the 24-year-old, via the club’s website, as a ‘brilliant’ player in March.