'Absolutely' - Newcastle United poised to complete 'slightly complicated' £28m transfer

Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Lewis Hall is expected to join Newcastle United permanently next summer, despite a deal being "slightly complicated".

Eddie Howe "absolutely" sees Lewis Hall having a long-term future at Newcastle United.

The 19-year-old joined the Magpies on a season-long deal from Chelsea in the summer, which will turn permanent at the end of the campaign for £28million plus £7m in add-ons if certain performance-related criteria is met.

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Last week, Howe was unable to confirm if Hall would be a Newcastle player next season but gave a slightly different response when questioned again ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Luton Town.

Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

"Absolutely," United's boss said when asked if the left-back has a long-term future on Tyneside. "His transfer is slightly complicated in terms of structure so hasn't quite hit the requirements but he's definitely part of plans."

While Hall is expected to remain at St James' Park, his lack of game time - including just four starts and three substitute appearances - has led to questions over his future.

Having started both Carabao Cup wins against Manchester City and Manchester United, the England under-20s international was given permission by Chelsea to feature against them on Tuesday but was left on the bench.

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"He's settled in fine. He's working well. I just think we need to develop certain areas of his game," said Howe.

"We have no doubts about his qualities and what he can bring to the team. He's doing a lot of work behind the scenes. We're working with him daily.

"He was brought in with a view for the here and now but also for the future. My part would be a bit of patience with Lewis, he has a big part to play in the coming weeks."

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