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Newcastle & Aston Villa deal: 19-cap star set for shock transfer u-turn

According to reports from Sky Sports, Newcastle United are in transfer talks with Aston Villa star Ciaran Clark after activating his £5million release clause.

The 26-year-old is a product of the Villa academy, joining the club’s youth set-up in 2000 and making his first team debut in 2009.

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The Republic of Ireland international, who has represented his country on 19 occasions, emerged as a key defender under former manager Paul Lambert, making 81 Premier League appearances during the Scot’s three campaigns at the helm.

New gaffer Roberto Di Matteo is keen to keep hold of Clark, who can be utilised as a centre-back, a full-back or a central midfielder, and has insisted the Irishman is still committed to the Villa cause, despite their relegation to the Championship.

Indeed, he said earlier this summer; “Ciaran is a Villa man, a Villa boy, he has pledged his future to us. He will be staying with us. He is very happy to be with us, to stay here. I know he has a long-term contract as well.”

But it appears Clark is now set for a massive transfer u-turn, with him expected to take up the chance of leaving Villa Park before the summer window slams shut.

Newcastle United, who have recruited with impressive purpose this summer, have activated Clark’s release clause and are now discussing personal terms with the versatile Villa man.

Article title: Newcastle & Aston Villa deal: 19-cap star set for shock transfer u-turn

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