Report: Leeds tabled offer for Premier League club's 24-year-old this week, Celtic also touted as possible suitor
The Chronicle claim that Leeds United tabled a ‘cash offer’ to sign goalkeeper Freddie Woodman earlier this week. Reports emerged on Tuesday that Leeds wanted the Newcastle United stopper. Now, a report says Leeds have made a bid for Woodman, with Celtic also keen.
Woodman, 24, has been excellent for the last couple of seasons – but not in Newcastle colours. He has clocked up 95 appearances for Swansea City in the Championship, twice getting them into the play-offs but twice falling at the semi-final hurdle. Last season, he amassed a huge 22 clean sheets.
Leeds need a new goalkeeper after allowing Kiko Casilla to join Elche on a loan-to-buy deal. He could join permanently. It remains to be seen if Woodman would want to join as second choice to Illan Meslier. The report also claims Celtic are keen, with the Chronicle reporting as such in May.
What is a fair price, as Leeds and Celtic eye Newcastle ace Woodman?
Woodman is very good goalkeeper. He has plenty of pedigree having won the Under-20 World Cup, further strengthened by his form for Swansea. His enormous amount of clean sheets has not gone unnoticed. He is young, English, and in good form. Woodman could be quite expensive.
But it is also worth considering he has not played in the Premier League, and that Leeds would be signing him as back-up. So, realistically, will the two parties come to an agreement? Newcastle are likely to want quite a big figure, more than Leeds want to pay.