Freddie Woodman has rejected a move to Leeds United amid interest from Swansea City, according to Football Insider.
The Newcastle United goalkeeper has spent the last two seasons on loan in the Championship with Swansea City, racking up a total of 95 appearances for the club.
Last season, he kept 20 clean sheets and conceded only 38 goals in 45 Championship appearances, before they lost to Brentford in the play-off final.
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But Football Insider now report that Woodman has turned down a move to Elland Road, as he does not wish to play second fiddle to Illan Meslier for the forthcoming campaign.
Meslier was Leeds’ first-choice goalkeeper for the majority of last season, making 35 appearances in the Premier League and keeping 11 clean sheets.
Swansea’s hopes of re-signing Woodman remains alive, then, with the goalkeeper recently admitting that he would like to stay at the Liberty Stadium.
This decision doesn’t really come as a surprise.
Meslier has been a key player for Leeds since they won promotion to the Premier League, and he didn’t look out of place in the top-flight last season.
He’s only 21 and there’s still a real prospect there, so bringing in Woodman would have perhaps hindered his development.
Woodman, after two impressive seasons, will not want to leave Newcastle to become a number two elsewhere. He may as well just stay at St. James’ Park if that were the case.