Swansea City have been handed a boost to their chances of bringing Freddie Woodman back to the Liberty Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that the Newcastle United goalkeeper was the subject of a bid by Premier League side Leeds United, thought to initially be a loan deal with an option to purchase the 24-year-old at a later date.
However, the report goes on to state that Woodman has rejected the advances of Marcelo Bielsa’s side, as the former England U21 international does not want to play second-fiddle to the Whites’ first-choice shot-stopper Illan Meslier.
It has previously been reported that Swansea are once again keen to secure a deal for Woodman in the summer transfer window, with Newcastle thought to be willing to accept an offer of around £10m for the U17 World Cup winner.
With the latest development proving that Woodman is extremely keen to play regular first-team football next season, something that it would be difficult to find at a Premier League club this summer, Swansea appear to have just received a rather huge boost to their chances of resigning the highly-rated ‘keeper ahead of next season.
Indeed, it is easy to see why the Swans are so eager for Woodman to return to the Liberty Stadium, as the 24-year-old highly impressed over his two seasons on loan with the Welsh side.
Over his 43 Championship appearances in his debut season with the club back in 2019/20, the £9m-rated man helped his side keep 12 clean sheets and stopped three out of the five penalties he faced, as well as making an average of 2.6 saves per game – earning a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.89.
The ‘keeper then improved on his previous returns over 45 Championship appearances in Swansea’s 2020/21 campaign, keeping a whopping 20 clean sheets and making an average of 2.2 saves per league fixture.
These returns saw the man Lee Clarke dubbed an “unbelievable” player earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as Cooper’s 12th-best performer in the second tier of English football, playing a key role in the club’s run all the way to the play-off final.
As such, should Swansea manage to secure the services of Woodman once again this summer, be it on a permanent or a temporary basis, it would undoubtedly be a huge boost to the club’s promotion hopes next season, as well as being a transfer that would leave Cooper rather understandably buzzing.