Eddie Howe’s response when asked if Newcastle United will pursue £15m Matt Targett move

Eddie Howe asked about on-loan Matt Targett’s future at Newcastle United.
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Eddie Howe refused to confirm whether or not Newcastle United will pursue a permament move for Matt Targett this summer.

It is understood the Magpies have a £15million option to turn the left-back’s loan spell from Aston Villa into a permament one.

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Certainly, the general feeling among the Newcastle fanbase is they’re keen for the 26-year-old, who has played every minute since his January arrival, to stay.

Targett admitted after Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Leicester City that he’d be open to remaining on Tyneside.

And those comments were put to Howe on Tuesday morning as he previewed the game with Crystal Palace at St James’ Park.

Howe responded: “I wasn’t aware of any comments he made after the game.

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“If that’s what he said then it’s a lovely thing to hear from our perspective that he’s happy at the club and enjoying everything Newcastle has to offer.

“I’d be surprised if there was any other feeling from him because he’s looked so happy and settled in well.”

The former Southampton youngster has started 10 games for Newcastle and Howe admitted he’s been impressed by his loan recruit.

The 44-year-old head coach said: “There are still games to play this season and opinions to be fully formed but I think he’s done very well.

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“He’s fitted into the team and the group very well. He’s been very consistent with his performances.

“You look at the winning goal we scored on Sunday, Matt was at the beginning of that move and had the composure to not kick the ball out of play, deal with the defensive situation first then have the quality to find Joe Willock.

“He’s done very well and we’re very pleased with him.”

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