Ex-Bruno Guimaraes teammate ‘interested’ in Newcastle United transfer

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in adding a third Brazilian star to their squad.

Newcastle United are considering a move for one of La Liga’s most consistent defenders as they look to strengthen their options at left-back during the summer.

On-loan Aston Villa defender Matt Targett has shone during the second half of the season after joining United on a temporary deal during the January transfer window.

The framework of a £15million permanent transfer has reportedly been agreed - but the Magpies are yet to make a final decision over the deal.

Speaking about a possible permanent move for Targett, Magpies boss Howe said: “I’ll be sitting down with all my players at the end of the season and discussing their futures - I’ll be doing the same with Matt.

“I think it’s only right we get the season out the way first and concentrate on the games and the football before discussing things.”

Lodi is said to prefer a move to St James’ Park
Lodi is said to prefer a move to St James’ Park
Lodi is said to prefer a move to St James’ Park

It is believed the Magpies will consider other options to strengthen on the left-hand side of their defence and Atletico Madrid left-back Lodi is said to be on their list of targets.

There were reports last month that Howe wanted the Brazilian defender during the January transfer window and is keen to revisit the possibility of a deal this summer.

Brazilian outlet Globo have now suggested the 24-year-old is interested in discussing a potential move to Tyneside and a possible reunion with former Atletico Paranaense teammate Bruno Guimaraes.

The report states Lodi has ‘expressed himself in favour of playing at the English club’ but also reveals Italian giants Inter Milan are monitoring the situation.