NEWCASTLE boss Eddie Howe insisted he would evaluate his goalkeeper situation in January – and hinted one of his stoppers could be heading out on loan.

The Daily Echo understands Magpies keeper Freddie Woodman had agreed terms on a loan deal to Cherries in the summer – and was even set to go on the club’s pre-season training camp to Spain.

But that move was scuppered after Martin Dubravka picked up a foot injury and Karl Darlow tested positive for coronavirus.

Former Cherries boss Howe now has Dubravka, Darlow, Woodman and Mark Gillespie as part of his squad.

And he hinted one of his glovemen could go back on loan in January.

He said: “In terms of the goalkeepers, I think we’ve got a really talented group of goalkeepers.

“It was unfortunate that both experienced goalkeepers were injured and it probably meant that opportunities for one of the younger guys to go on loan was then potentially stopped.

“That’s something we will evaluate in January because we don’t want to harm anyone’s development.”

Woodman played the first four league games for Newcastle this season, but has not featured in a matchday squad since.

Mark Travers has been Scott Parker’s first-choice keeper for Cherries in the Championship this season.