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Cardiff City set to raid Newcastle United to land first summer signing

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According to a report by The Sun, Cardiff City are close to signing Paul Woolston from Newcastle United.

Woolston has been on trial at Cardiff and he has impressed enough to earn himself a contract offer from the Bluebirds.

The young goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season and looks set to leave Newcastle.

With his future uncertain, he joined Cardiff on trial and has impressed enough for Cardiff to consider offering him a deal.

But the South Wales outfit face competition for Woolston’s signature.

The 19-year-old is also on the radar of a number of Championship clubs and teams from Spain as he considers his options ahead of an important summer move.

The England youth international has never made a senior appearance for the Magpies but he has trained with the first-team this season.

His previous first-team experience includes loan spells at three local non-league clubs: Darlington, Blyth Spartans and South Shields.

But with Newcastle set to land Martin Dubravka permanently and also looking at other goalkeeper options, Woolston’s future at St James’ Park looks difficult as Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Matz Sels and Freddie Woodman are all above him in the pecking order.

The Verdict

Woolston is rated highly by Newcastle but they have so many goalkeepers that keeping him would be unfeasible.

The teenage talent still has so much to learn and a few years in Cardiff’s academy or out on loan would do him well.

Woolston needs a fresh start and he could get that at Cardiff, where his route to the first-team is much less congested.

Cardiff fans – Would Woolston be a good addition? Let us know below…

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