Arsenal muscle in on new keeper target linked with Championship move

Arsenal have been monitoring Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman during his loan spell at Swansea City this season, according to a report, and could be plotting a cut-price bid this summer.

The Gunners are looking for competition for first-choice shot-stopper Bernd Leno, who has made a couple of errors since his 2018 move from Bayer Leverkusen.

Woodman excelled in the youth ranks for England, but at 23 years old, has moved on from his days with the Under-21 side – but he is continuing to impress at club level.

During his fifth loan spell away from St James’ Park, where Martin Dubravka is the undisputed number one, Woodman has made more appearances than in his previous four loans – at Hartlepool United, Crawley Town, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen – combined.

That form has led to interest in a permanent move for Swansea, although they may not be able to afford him if they are not promoted from the Championship. They currently sit three points outside the play-offs.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that Woodman’s parent club have been impressed with his development this season, but with just one year left on his contract, they face a tough decision over his future.

The one-time Under-20 World Cup winner is not keen to sit on the bench for a season at St James’ Park, meaning he could be tempted to move elsewhere – although it is unclear how large a part to play he would have in the first team at Arsenal.

According to the Newcastle Chronicle, though, the Gunners are interested in swooping for Woodman, taking advantage of the short duration remaining on his contract to grab a bargain deal.

Woodman is believed to be interested in a permanent move to Swansea, but should Arsenal come in with an offer, it remains to be seen whether he will be tempted.