Danny Mills has urged Newcastle United to lower their asking price for Freddie Woodman while speaking to Football Insider.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
Woodman is thought to have snubbed a move to Leeds United as the 24-year-old is keen to try his luck as a No.1 after spending consecutive seasons on loan at Swansea City.
Given the problems engulfing Newcastle’s other ‘keepers with both Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow seemingly unlikely to be fit in time for the new season, Woodman does look set to finally get his chance at St James’ Park.
Still, with the club’s transfer budget looking low this summer, selling him would be a good – if not ideal – way of raising funds, though clearly that relies on the other custodians on the books being fit.
What did Danny Mills say?
“He’s a good goalkeeper, he’s proven,” he said.
“Is it just Newcastle wanting too much money for him and not allowing him to go?
“24 is no age for a goalkeeper. He’s good, has age group experience at international level and a lot of first-team experience. There must be some sort of issue around Newcastle not allowing him to leave.
“I think he would be a great number two for any Premier League side.
“£10million is a lot of money for a backup goalkeeper. That’s the problem. Are Newcastle being a little bit unrealistic?
“We’re always talking about player loyalty and players wanting to leave but sometimes clubs don’t do themselves any favours.
“There’s a surplus of goalkeepers at Newcastle. If you’re going to demand silly money…”
Should Newcastle sell Woodman?
Obviously, the bad luck the club have endured on the goalkeeping front this summer makes it hard to suggest Woodman should be sold.
In a perfect world, of course, he wouldn’t be.
But Newcastle do not operate in a perfect world. They need to raise money and, on the condition Dubravaka and Darlow are fit, Woodman does look like a sellable asset whose departure wouldn’t affect first-team affairs in the short-term.
Wherever you stand on that debate, lowering the asking price is not conducive to getting a deal worthy of the club’s time. A 24-year-old goalkeeper heavily involved in the England set-up, taking such action would be mad.