Celtic have approached Newcastle United with enquiry about goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, according to Sun reporter Alan Nixon.
The reliable journalist claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that the Scottish champions have a large number of goalkeepers on their radar as Brendan Rodgers aims to find a short-term replacement for the injured Craig Gordon.
Aberdeen are also said to be interested in a last-minute deal for the Magpies goalkeeper, as Derek McInnes also tries to boost his defence between the sticks with Joe Lewis also likely to be out of action for three months.
Woodman is a very highly-rated young one at the Tyneside, but has only made one appearance in the senior team this season under Brendan Rodgers.
The young goalkeeper, who is rated at €5m-rated according to ratings via Transfermkt spent the second half of the last season on loan at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, so the Bhoys or Aberdeen would be signing a player who has got some experience of football north of the border if they got a last-gasp deal done.
Woodman is a much better option than some of the other goalkeeper linked with the club since they’ve been on the hunt for a replacement for injured Gordon. Many Newcastle supporters are tripping for him to make it to the squad’s first-team in the future, and maybe he will if he joins Parkhead or Pittodrie and impresses between the sticks. Celtic rejected bid for Trevor Carson is a bit underwhelming. The Motherwell goalie has not been playing against top opposition for long while Woodman has as much experience of him in the Scottish Premiership but has a great future ahead too.
Woodman does seem likely to leave Newcastle on loan before 11pm deadline on tonight, but that might not be to Celtic. The club interest in the goalkeeper seems so unlikely and Rodgers appears to be more interested in signing Carson. Aberdeen have been interested longer, so McInnes perhaps has a better chance of winning this race.