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Report: 25-year-old now right on the verge of leaving Newcastle on loan

Championship side Preston North End are closing in on signing Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on loan. They’re hoping to announce his arrival at some point this week, according to The Lancashire Post.

With no current senior keepers in their squad at the moment, Woodman will be a much-needed fresh face at Deepdale. He spent the second half of last season on loan with Bournemouth, who secured promotion to the Premier League. It’s been reported that they wanted to sign him again this summer, but Preston look to have won the race for him

That may owe in part to the fact that the 25-year-old hardly featured for the Cherries, during his spell there last season.

In a lot of ways it was a waste of his time. In the past, he’s proven he’s Championship quality. So to see him mostly feature on the bench was disappointing. It’s mostly been a season to forget for him and question marks have been around Woodman’s future this summer.

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It’s an opportunity for Woodman to prove himself and earn a move elsewhere

The same report states that there’s a possibility the loan can be made permanent. So by the end of next season, Woodman could be leaving Newcastle permanently.

He’s found success in the Championship. He had two seasons with Swansea City on loan and was an excellent asset for them. Woodman even played in the Play-Off final against Brentford back in 2021.

While Woodman’s future with Newcastle is likely coming to an end, slowly but surely, Preston have got themselves a player who will be great for that level. He’s got experience in that division and he’s still only 25-years-old. So the Lilywhites have potentially a long-term keeper on their hands.

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He was at one point tipped for great things for the Magpies, but it never worked out. Last season he was given the chance when Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow were injured. But he didn’t prove himself, unfortunately. He looked shaky and uncomfortable between the sticks.

Considering the hype around him when he was younger, seeing Woodman leaving Newcastle on another loan move is disappointing.

With Preston closing in on Woodman, the deal benefits both parties. The Toon can potentially offload him permanently if he succeeds there on loan. Meanwhile, the Lilywhites could have a long-term Championship keeper who already knows the league well.

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