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Newcastle have £15m option to sign Matt Targett

A major Newcastle United transfer update has emerged on the club’s move for left-back Matt Targett… 

What’s the talk?

According to The Shields Gazette, the Magpies have agreed a fee in the region of £15m with Aston Villa to sign the defender on a permanent deal in the summer.

The Toon are not obligated to exercise the clause, which means that Eddie Howe can make a calculated decision at the end of the season based on the 26-year-old’s performances for the club between now and the end of May.

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Delight

This update will surely delight supporters as it means that Newcastle will be able to sign Targett on a permanent basis heading into the 2022/23 campaign, which will come as a boost to the team after his impressive displays in recent weeks.

Howe said this of Targett upon the defender’s unveiling in January: “We have gone into this transfer window with a plan to add strong competition in specific areas of the team and Matt will be a fantastic option for us on the left.

“He has important Premier League experience and know-how at this level, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to add him to the squad.”

The Southampton academy product has lived up to this hype from the head coach, as he has been excellent on the left side of Newcastle’s defence.

In four Premier League appearances for the Magpies, he has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.17 as the Magpies picked up an outstanding haul of 10 points from those matches. Kieran Trippier (7.68) is the only player who has averaged a higher score in the top flight for the club this season, which illustrates just how impressive the 26-year-old has been since joining on loan from Villa.

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This is why fans will be delighted to learn that PIF are able to sign him on a permanent deal for £15m at the end of his temporary switch. They will surely be keen to see him agree a long-term contract at St James’ Park if he is able to continue performing to a high standard at left-back between now and the end of the campaign.

Supporters will also be buzzing with the club for striking this agreement as part of the loan deal. It shows excellent planning from PIF and Howe, and hopefully it is a sign of similarly shrewd moves to come in the next transfer window.

AND in other news, Insider suggests £46m “phenomenon” is a “realistic” target for NUFC, it’ll excite Howe…

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