Leeds reportedly tabled bid for 24-year-old once labelled 'fantastic' by former Whites loanee
Leeds United have reportedly bid for Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman as they look for a replacement for Kiko Casilla this season.
Woodman is one of stoppers on the Whites’ radar. And he is certainly likely to be the most well-known having impressed in two loan spells with Swansea City.
Unsurprisingly, the Magpies seem reluctant to let him leave. Previous reports claimed that they want £10 million for the 24-year-old.
Of course, convincing Woodman to move to Elland Road may not be easy. Illan Meslier was outstanding as number one last season.
And Woodman may be about to receive the opportunity he craves at St James’ Park. Reports claimed that he has seen a loan move to Bournemouth fall through due to an injury to Martin Dubravka.
So Leeds have plenty of hurdles to clear, it seems.
But if he does arrive, he could be an extremely shrewd signing.
And if Leeds fans needed any further convincing, perhaps they can take encouragement from the praise Woodman received from former Whites loanee Matt Grimes.
Grimes played alongside the goalkeeper at the Liberty Stadium. And after a game against Fulham in which Woodman saved a penalty, he outlined just how impressed he had been by the loanee.
“That is what we have come to expect from Freddie, he is a fantastic keeper and a great lad as well,” he told Swansea’s official website.
“He really kept us in the game at the end and it was a valiant effort from him and the lads.”
Leeds know how impressive Freddie Woodman can be after most recent Championship campaign
Of course, Grimes is largely synonymous with Leeds fans for enduring an extremely disappointing loan spell at Elland Road.
But he has established himself as a very good midfielder in the Championship.
And Woodman has shown against Leeds just how impressive he can be. In the season Marcelo Bielsa’s side won the title, Woodman kept a clean sheet at Elland Road.
And in the reverse fixture, it was only the most precise finish for that goal from Pablo Hernandez that could beat the goalkeeper.
So if there is scope for a deal, Leeds must surely look to get it done.