A major Newcastle United update has emerged on Matt Targett and his future at St. James’ Park.
Transfer insider Dean Jones has revealed that Eddie Howe has made a decision on whether or not he wants to keep the left-back at the club beyond the end of his loan spell.
90Min recently reported that the Toon have an agreement in place with Aston Villa to sign him permanently for £15m, whilst Leicester, Wolves and Leeds are also keen on his services.
The head coach has now given the green light for PIF to complete this deal. Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Newcastle were always open-minded about it. They weren’t sure whether they would want him long-term or not.
“From what I’m told, Eddie Howe has now decided, along with the recruitment team, that this is a good addition to this team.”
The Newcastle supporters will surely be buzzing with this news as Targett will be an excellent addition to the squad ahead of next season.
Left-back was a problem position for the club in the first-half of the campaign as Matt Ritchie struggled badly in the back four. The Scot averaged a dismal WhoScored rating of 6.42 across 14 starts in the division as he failed to prove that he is a reliable option to call upon at this point in his career.
It was an area that PIF had to address in the January transfer window and they opted to bring Targett in on loan from fellow top-flight side Aston Villa. Since coming through the door, he has started 12 matches and averaged a superb WhoScored rating of 6.99.
Ritchie has averaged 2.0 tackles and interceptions per game this term and his English teammate has proven himself to be a major upgrade with 3.9 per match. The ex-Southampton defender has performed to a higher standard than the former Cherries winger and been more active defensively, helping to build a solid base at the back for the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimaraes to work their magic in the final third.
This shows that Targett has made an instant impact at St. James’ Park since joining on loan and that is why the fans will be keen to see him sign on a permanent basis. Therefore, they will be buzzing with Howe’s decision to push for the £15m agreement to be completed as the full-back will be able to kick on again next season and continue to prove that he is a solid option at Premier League level.