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Arsenal have clear edge in race for Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman

Arsenal have a clear edge in the race for Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

The Evening Chronicle says Woodman, who turned 22 earlier this month, was part of England's Under-20 World Cup winning side in 2017, and played in all three of Newcastle's FA Cup matches this season.

But his contract at the Magpies will expire at the end of next season, and he is one of six players who are ready to walk away from Tyneside in the summer.

And one of the reasons that staff at the Gunners will know his game inside out is that Andy Woodman, Freddie's Dad, is the club's Head of Academy Goalkeeping and Under-23s goalkeeper coach.

Woodman senior - a former goalkeeper who played mostly at Northampton, Brentford and Oxford - has also co-written a book with close friend and former Crystal Palace youth teammate Gareth Southgate, who is Freddie's Godfather.

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