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Magpie Close To Departure After Nine Years With Medical Set

Chris Waugh with The Athletic is reporting that Freddie Woodman will be the second Magpie to exit this summer. The 25-year-old is close to joining Preston North End with a medical set in Lancashire.

Waugh believes the move is a permanent one given Woodman’s contract situation. He has just one year left on the extension he signed two summers ago before jetting off for his second loan spell with Swansea.

Woodman was denied another loan spell last summer due to Darlow’s struggle with Covid and Martin Dubravka’s second foot surgery in as many years. He remained behind and was the number one shot-stopper entering the campaign.

Freddie’s dream of a Premier League debut came true in August. He started the first five matches, including the Carabao Cup defeat against Burnley, before ceding the gloves to Karl Darlow. Newcastle’s defensive woes hindered Woodman’s chances of success.

It appears that Freddie’s nine-year stay on Tyneside has come to an end. He joined in 2013 from Crystal Palace and has been accommodating under difficult circumstances at the club.

He twice extended his contract ahead of loan moves which prevented Newcastle from losing him for nothing. He’ll always have his Premier League debut at St. James’ Park to cherish.

Waugh expects Newcastle to add another goalkeeper in this window with PSG’s Alphonse Areola and Burnley’s Nick Pope in the mix. Karl Darlow has been identified as a top target by Chris Wilder at Middlesbrough according to reports on Monday.

57 comments so far

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #41


    Paying transfers in instalments does factor into FFP, as it moves expenditure into a different accounting period and FFP is calculated in the 3 previous accounting periods.

    You’re right in what you say about wages factoring into FFP as well, but it’s not an either/or, both are counted for.

  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #42


    It doesn’t sound strange at all mate as I know a good few people it effected in that way. We have to remember it got dragged on for 18 months and 18 months of not knowing what’s happening as the PL didn’t tell us and we didn’t have an owner who ever communicated. It’s was torture! Horrible time but I’m glad it’s behind us now.

    If you ever wanted to go back on let me know and I’ll get you in a private chat were we have really good lads in there and it takes you away from the BS and toxic side of Twitter.

    Onwards and upwards mate

    Glad to have you back

  • The Last Jedi

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #43

    Good point Davas. Could we get a non top 6 Premier League winner this season you never know

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #44

    Heard nothing from Tom since he was taken to hospital yesterday.

    I’m not being cheeky here but it’s not like him not to keep us updated.

    Genuinely hope all is well.

  • scott

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #45

    The one big test for Eddie is when we build a squad other teams fear!
    Last season EVERY team we played had a go at us so the speed in our team allowed us to get in behind on the counter!
    Once teams sit back & we have to find a way to break them down is the real test for a manager,this is where Woods might become very useful as a sub!
    Anyway with the top teams playing uefa & champions league & us allowed a full week to prepare each week I’m hoping for between 6th-8th for a good platform season!

  • Mattroge

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #46


    Thanks for that, it was the not knowing that was the worst & the ITK’s & false timelines did not help one bit.

    When I get back on Twitter eventually I’ll drop you a DM, I think we already follow each other. I’ll probably pop back on next week, which by that point the Botman & Ekitike deals will be done for better or for worse & things will have calmed slightly!

  • Pit yacker

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #47

    I think one of the biggest challenges next season is the 5 substitute rule – really going change games and favor teams with strong squads – almost need 16 first team players or as Man City try – 2 first team quality players per position – Liverpool can totally change there front line at 70
    Mins and still have subs to spare – this is where I think the years of neglect will show – it’s going to take many transfer windows to build the quality squad to compete
    I’d be happy with 10th and higher would be fantastic but to be entering a season hopeful rather than the gloom of last few seasons is lovely and steady upwards progress

  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #48


    I have a different account now mate so if you do pop back on let me know and I’ll link you up.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #49

    Pit yacker

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #50

    Update on Tom

    He is still in hospital but in good spirits.

    I’ll let him explain what’s gone on when he gets back on the blog

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #51

    Eddie Howe is extremely ambitious and driven , he will have a clear vision of how he wants us to play and where he would expect us to finish this season.
    With savvy Dan Ashworth there to help implement changes in and around the club and Amanda, Merhad and our new Saudi owners offering their backing and support , this great club will soon be back where it belongs , challenging for major honours.
    Have faith lads and lasses….. HWTL

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #52

    How yer doin Tsunki? How’s things with you?

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #53

    Breaking:?Newcastle United close to signing goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley per
    #NUFC #Newcastle #twitterclarets

    Thoughts on this one folks?

  • TheDrewid

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #54


    I’d like to apologise to you for the language I directed at you the other day. While I stand by my intentions for calling out the childish behaviour on here, I concede I went OTT in calling you cancerous. You are actually a decent poster when you’re not getting into rucks. Communicating via text is the absolute worst when emotions are involved (as they invariably are when discussing football) as it’s so easy to frame the words within your own mindset and spin them to mean something that the original poster never intended. I’m speaking broadly here, not pointing any fingers. It’s something we’ve all been guilty of. It’s the reason I won’t text wor lass on an emotive subject as it’s not worth the arseache untangling everything when we speak in person. Anyhoo, ramble aside, I’ve said my piece. Whether you choose to accept my apology is entirely your prerogative and I’d honestly bare you no ill will if you didn’t. I will endeavour to keep all my future posts civil.

  • niafron

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #55

    Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs!

    @Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Not sure if this is an improvement over Dubravka. Generaly, competition inside a squad is good, but for the GK, it’s a totaly different story.

  • valle

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #56

    Pope would be a good buy at the rumored 8-10 million I think. Ofcourse most would prefer someone like Costa, butwe might not want to dedicate 40 million of our transfer budget on a GK right now, and I think Pope is an upgrade.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #57


    Dubravka hasn’t had any genuine competition for his place since he joined the club so in my mind having another PL quality GK isn’t a bad thing. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’d have loved for us to have signed Bazunu and apparently we held discussions with him but he wanted more solid guarantee of playing time that we couldn’t offer him.

    In any case, I didn’t think GK was a high priority signing this summer, so it’s interesting if this is true.


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