Newcastle have been in negotiations with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, with hopes he will sign a new long-term deal, while the Chronicle have revealed the club want to tie Freddie Woodman down on Tyneside too.
Woodman is doing very well on loan at Swansea, with his consistently high level of performances helping the Welsh side to fourth in the Championship, just one point off top spot.
The England Under-21 international stopper signed a one year extension to his current deal before agreeing his season-long at Swansea, but that still means he will enter the final year of his deal next summer.
There had been concerns that Woodman would not sign a long deal at St James’ Park, without a substantial pay rise and assurances about his future position in Newcastle’s goalkeeping pecking order.
But with Karl Darlow being out of contract in the summer, it would be the perfect time to acknowledge Woodman as our back-up goalie from next season, behind Dubravka.
He should be seen as the future between the posts for Newcastle, and given a contract that represents that.
Having Woodman and Dubravka would be a superb combination
If they can secure him to the club, Newcastle would have one of the best goalkeeping tandems in the country, with Dubravka expected to agree his new deal soon.
It would put us in a tremendous position, knowing if Dubravka picked up an injury, we have a current England U21 to turn to.
As for Darlow, he has never fully reached the heights he promised, and a lot of that is down to a lack of Premier League opportunities.
The best thing for the former Nottingham Forest keeper, would be to either look for a move in January – which would likely mean Newcastle would have to recall Woodman from his loan deal, if they have inserted a clause allowing them to – or leave on a free transfer in the summer.
Newcastle could, of course, promote Rob Elliot into the first team picture if Darlow opts to leave in January, and Newcastle’s long-serving Irish keeper would certainly not let the side down.