Report: How much Freddie Woodman would cost Celtic and what Newcastle have told him
Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman would cost Celtic around £10m this summer, the Chronicle reports.
The Newcastle-based outlet claims that the Toon value the former Kilmarnock and Aberdeen loan star at an eight-figure fee.
Celtic are said to be in the market for a new goalkeeper, with new boss Ange Postecoglou said to be keen on reuniting with Australian veteran Mat Ryan [Sky Sports].
However, Woodman is also said to be interesting the Hoops [The Chronicle]. It could easily be the case that Celtic seriously revamp their goalkeeping department after a disappointing campaign from Vasilis Barkas, Scott Bain, and Conor Hazard respectively.
But it looks as though there could be some competition. The Chronicle reports that Newcastle could look to add him to any deal to sign Joe Willock from Arsenal. This is due to the fact the Gunners are in the market for a new goalkeeper and have had Woodman in their sights for a couple of years. However, for now, Newcastle have told Woodman to report for pre-season training.
Freddie Woodman to Celtic feels unlikely, but Hoops must accept price-tags of top goalkeepers
It’s difficult to see Celtic stretching out to an eight-figure bid should they sign a stopper this month. After all, the club will undoubtedly still want to see some sort of return from their investment in Barkas. He’ll likely be given another chance heading into the new campaign.
If Celtic are to sign a new stopper, you would expect it to be for a reasonable fee more than an outlandish one. Not whilst we still have three goalkeepers still at the football club.
This is what makes Woodman to Celtic feel unlikely. Splashing out £10m on him is hardly something we’re likely to do. There’s also no reason for Newcastle to whittle down their valuation either given he’s contracted there until the summer of 2023.
The player himself has also stated he wants to head back to Swansea if he moves this season [BBC]. Woodman spent the second half of last season in Wales. So he already has a preferred move in his mind. Granted, whether the option of Celtic made him re-evaluate things is up for debate.
If it’s between either Woodman or Ryan, you have to admit the latter seems the likelier option. He’s into the final year of his contract at Brighton and knows Postecoglou well. It looks like a match made in heaven, and he certainly has the quality to play at Parkhead.
We’ll keep tabs on all developments regarding Woodman in any case. We would expect some surprises in the door this summer, so the Newcastle stopper coming in would hardly be a ridiculous notion.
In other news, the Celtic fans are seriously worried with the boardroom prep work for the summer window after last night’s update.