Liverpool line up raid on young Premier League rival goalkeeper

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Liverpool are set to battle Tottenham for the signature of highly-rated Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, according to the Evening Chronicle.

The 18-year-old is yet to make a first team appearance for the Magpies, but has attracted attention from a number of Premier League sides, as Crystal Palace and Southampton are also rumoured to be keeping tabs on his progress.

However, it would seem that Palace have the edge in any chase for his signature as the player’s father, Andy, has recently joined the Eagles as their goalkeeping coach.

Woodman was recently called up to the first team squad after injuries robbed Steve McClaren of both Tim Krul and Karl Darlow, but the excellent recent form of Rob Elliot has prevented him from playing a single minute.

The England under-20 international had spent part of the season on loan with Crawley Town, and he has expressed an interest in leaving St James’ Park should the right offer come up.

“If the chance comes and I make my debut for Newcastle or go back on loan then I’ll take either of them with both hands. I’d go back to Crawley in a heartbeat,” he said.

“I want to finish off what I started and if they’d take me back I would snap up the chance to return and play in the League again.”

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