Despite the fact that the summer transfer window is not set to open until June 10th, Preston North End have already been linked with a number of players in recent times.
One of the individuals who has emerged as a target for the Lilywhites is Freddie Woodman.
According to The Sun, Preston are interested in signing the goalkeeper from Premier League side Newcastle United ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Here, we have decided to take a look at what we know so far about this speculation and assess whether a move is likely to happen…
What do we know so far?
As per a report from The Sun, Preston want to sign Woodman on a loan deal from Newcastle.
The Lilywhites are looking to draft in a replacement for Daniel Iversen who recently returned to Leicester City following a loan spell at Deepdale.
It is understood that the presence of Mike Marsh could play a role in negotiations as the Preston first team coach worked alongside Woodman at Swansea City.
During his time at Swansea, Woodman featured on 95 occasions for the club in all competitions.
Is it likely to happen?
This particular deal will hinge on whether Preston are able to provide Woodman with the game-time that he needs to make strides in terms of his development.
Loaned out to AFC Bournemouth earlier this year, the keeper only played once for the club due to the presence of Mark Travers.
When you consider that Preston are also in talks to sign Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist, it will be interesting to see whether this deal has a direct impact on the club’s pursuit of Woodman.
With Newcastle currently looking to secure a deal for Dean Henderson, Woodman is likely to fall further down the pecking order at the club if he stays at St James’ Park and thus a move to a team in the Championship this summer may allow him to keep his career on track.