Bournemouth have confirmed a loan deal for Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, and he could soon be joined by a Liverpool pair.
The 24-year-old joins the Cherries on loan until the end of the season from Newcastle, where he has been since 2013. He has, however, only made nine appearances for the Magpies in that span.
Woodman arrives on the south coast with Championship experience having spent the last two seasons on loan at Swansea, making 88 appearances overall for the club.
The majority of the goalkeepers’ senior experience has come in the Championship. As such, the Cherries look to be getting a quality keeper at second tier level.
The shot-stopper has also represented England from Under-16s up to Under-21s. Indeed, he is clearly a capable player, having been selected for Young Lions’ squads for so long.
Woodman wrote on Twitter: “Buzzing to have joined @afcbournemouth for the rest of the season. Big four months ahead.”
The 24-year-old was drafted in after Orjan Nyland sustained a calf injury. Nyland played three games this season, and was primarily a back-up to Mark Travers.
However, Woodman will be keen on fighting for the No 1 spot at the Vitality Stadium.
He has joined the Cherries at a good time, with Scott Parker’s side currently third in the Championship.
They will, of course, want to still be fighting for a return to the Premier League come the end of the season.
Woodman to be joined by Liverpool pair?
Bournemouth could make it a deadline day treble after sizing up deals for Liverpool pair Nat Phillips and Neco Williams.
Phillips has been tracked by a number of Premier League sides of late, though Liverpool were understood to be holding out for a permanent sale. But with concrete interest failing to materialise and their £15m valuation proving too high, a late loan deal was mooted.
Both Phillips and Williams have hardly featured in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team this season. As such, loan exits make sense from both the club and players’ perspectives.
Now, Bournemouth have confirmed the acquisition of centre-half Phillips on loan. Via their official website, the Cherries confirmed the 24-year-old had signed until the end of the season.
And if they can complete a late deal for right-back Neco Williams, Scott Parker will have completed a deadline day treble.