Turkish outlet 61 Saat have linked Newcastle with a potential move for 23-year-old Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, along with a host of other Premier League sides.

It seems hard to believe that Steve Bruce would be looking to add another goalkeeper in January, unless he knows something about on-loan Freddie Woodman’s future plans, that we do not.

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Certainly, should Woodman be looking to commit his long-term future to the Magpies, then it would be very unlikely that a keeper would be on the agenda in either January or next summer.

But if Woodman is still not keen on the terms on offer at St James’ Park, he may decide to move elsewhere, and with him signing just a one year extension before his loan move to Swansea, selling him in the summer window would be the likely outcome.

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That would be the only conceivable scenario that would see Bruce eyeing a goalkeeper, and if it is the case, Cakir would be a talented option to go for.


Ugurcan Cakir has a senior international appearance to his name

Cakir has made a quick rise through the ranks in Turkey, with him picking up his senior international debut last May, having only made a total of nine appearances at under-21, under-20 and under-19 level.

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Of course, Newcastle would face stiff competition for his signature, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham also having sent scouts to watch Cakir in action.

The Reds were linked with the goalkeeper last month, with Turkish outlet Star reporting that he could cost at least 15 million Euros (£13 million).

The simplest and best resolution, however, would be for Newcastle to offer Woodman a contract worthy of an England Under-21 goalkeeper, and assure him that he is seen as the future of the goalkeeping department at St James’ Park.

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