Lewis Hall given green light as bold Newcastle United summer transfer decision made

Newcastle United left-back Lewis HallNewcastle United left-back Lewis Hall
Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall | Getty Images
Lewis Hall has come into his own at Newcastle United in recent weeks and could emerge as the first-choice left-back next season

Newcastle United are not targeting a left-back as part of their summer rebuild, according to reports.

Toon chiefs continue to plot their next moves meticulously, knowing they must maximise every pound spent in the transfer market. FFP/PSR restrictions remain watertight but new commercial deals and Champions League revenue should give Newcastle wriggle room for incomings.

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Injuries - namely at centre-back - have also rearranged their transfer plans. Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles are not expected to return until the end of the year after rupturing their ACLs.

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Those drafts may be thrown into further should a club trigger Bruno Guimaraes’ £100million release clause. Alexander Isak is another whom European heavyweights could turn to looking to bolster their frontline.

However, left-back is not thought to be an area Newcastle are looking to sign. That is despite the position giving Eddie Howe a headache throughout 2023-24.

Dan Burn played most of the campaign there but drew criticism for several poor displays. He has since improved while playing centrally - his most natural position.

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Matt Targett has been ruled out since picking up an early injury against Manchester United in November and might be moved on this summer. On a positive note, Lewis Hall has come into his own in recent weeks after finally being given a chance to shine.

Howe took his time to bed in the 19-year-old - now expected to sign permanently for £28million. Deciding against buying a more experienced left-back should give him the green light to make the position his own next year.

The Athletic claim Newcastle will look to bring in a versatile defender as cover who can play multiple positions. Bournemouth star Lloyd Kelly, for example, can deputise at left-back or centre-back.

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