Cardiff City look set to make Newcastle United goalkeeper Paul Woolston their first summer signing since they achieved promotion back to the Premier League, according to The Sun.

The 19-year-old has been on trial at the Bluebirds in recent weeks, as he starts the process of searching for a new club, with the likelihood that Newcastle United will let him go when his contract expires at the end of this season.

Despite being highly rated and representing England at youth level, Paul Woolston is considered surplus to requirements due to the high number of goalkeepers ahead of him at the Premier League side.

Woolston is currently the sixth choice at Newcastle United, behind on-loan  Martin Dubravka, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow, Matz Sels and Freddie Woodman, so the decision not to renew his contract seems a wise one from both parties’ point of view.

Despite a successful trial at Cardiff City, the Sun also reports that a number of Sky Bet Championship clubs are also interested in signing Paul Woolston, and he may see that as a better deal, as he is more likely to get minutes under his belt in the second tier.

The young shot stopper is not the most experienced, and has only ever featured for clubs on loan spells.

He has represented Darlington, Blyth Spartans and South Shields on loan, so a move to another Premier League side may not do him much good.

He does however come recommended by Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez, who said: “He’s a good keeper. He’s quite good with his feet.”

“I think he’s keen to learn. He’s been good with us in every training session.”

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