Lloyd Kelly reveals which Newcastle United players convinced him to join and hints at Eddie Howe’s 2024-25 goal

Bournemouth defender Lloyd KellyBournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly
Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly | AFP via Getty Images
Lloyd Kelly will become Newcastle United’s first summer signing once his Bournemouth contract expires on June 30

Newcastle United newbie Lloyd Kelly has named Callum Wilson and Harvey Barnes as the players he sounded out before making the St James’ Park switch.

The 25-year-old became Eddie Howe’s first summer signing on a free transfer, with the move becoming official once his Bournemouth contract expires later this month. It was the Toon boss who signed Kelly for the Cherries in a £13million deal five years ago.

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The former England youth international arrives as a much-needed defensive reinforcement given long-term injuries to Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles. With Paul Dummett also leaving, Kelly’s ability to play left-back or centre-back will add versatility to Newcastle’s ranks.

Kelly is already familiar with several Toon players following his time at Bournemouth and England’s junior levels. Speaking to the club’s media channel, he revealed conversations with Wilson and Barnes helped seal the deal. 

“(I spoke to) a few of the players that I knew previously,” Kelly said. “Callum Wilson, Harvey Barnes, who I played in the England set-up with. Those two were the players I contacted.”

Kelly also let slip what Newcastle’s potential aims are for the 2024-25 campaign. No European football gives the Magpies an advantage when trying to replicate Howe’s first full season in charge.

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“Personally, it’s a big step, but at the same time I’m ready to take on the challenge,” he added. “Next season for the club, (qualifying for the) Champions League is something I know the fans will want to get back to. 

“Watching the games from before, it seemed crazy. Then being able to finish higher in the league as well.”

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