NEWCASTLE have announced the signing of left-back Matt Targett after converting his temporary stay into a permanent move for £15million.
The 26-year-old impressed while on loan at St James’ Park after moving from Aston Villa during the winter transfer window.
Targett won the Villans’ 2020-21 Player of the Season but was deemed overmatched by Steven Gerrard.
Lucas Digne was signed from Everton in January and immediately became the starting left-back at Villa Park.
The Magpies quickly secured Targett’s services on loan, where he played a big part in helping the Magpies hit the Drop.
After betting on relegation to the Championship, the Toon eventually finished 11th during the 21-22 season.
Targett appeared in 16 games for Newcastle, with the defender making a huge impression on boss Eddie Howe.
His brilliant form has been so good that Newcastle have decided to land him in a £15m deal to make him their first signing of the summer.
The ex-Southampton ace has agreed a contract with the club until 2026.
Speaking to Newcastle’s website after his move was confirmed, Targett said: “I’m delighted to sign a four-year deal with this club.
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“It was an easy decision for me to make the loan permanent after being welcomed so warmly by my teammates, staff, fans and owners, so I’m really happy to be here.”
Gaffer Howe then remarked: “Matt had a fantastic impact after coming on loan in January and has been a huge contributor to some excellent team performances.
“He’s a great kid and a top professional who undoubtedly makes us stronger.
“So I’m happy that he sees his future here.”
Newcastle could now move forward with a transfer for Reims centre-forward Hugo Ekitike.
In the meantime, central defender Evan Ndicka from Eintracht Frankfurt has emerged as an alternative to Lille’s Sven Botman.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5518827/newcastle-sign-matt-targett-permanent-deal/ Newcastle begin summer transfer buying spree as Eddie Howe makes Matt Targett’s £15m move permanent after loan