Matt Targett’s response when asked if he wants to join Newcastle United permanently from Aston Villa

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Matt Targett’s excellent start at Newcastle United has already got supporters talking about a permanent deal from Aston Villa.

Matt Targett is enjoying life at Newcastle United - but isn’t committing to a permanent move just yet.

The left-back joined Eddie Howe’s side on loan for the remainder of the Premier League season on January deadline day.

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It came after Targett told Villa boss Steven Gerrard he wanted regular gametime following Lucas Digne’s £25million arrival from Everton.

While Digne has struggled to make a notable impact at Villa Park, the same cannot be said about Targett on Tyneside.

The 26-year-old is only two games into his loan spell but already supporters are calling for the Magpies to sign him permanently.

When asked about a permanent move to United this summer, Targett did not rule out the idea, though gave a very coy response.

‘What happens, happens’

Targett said: “It’s just focusing on the here and now.

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“At the moment, I’m just focusing on my own performances, helping the team and making sure we don’t get relegated.

“Whatever happens after that happens. I’m really enjoying my time here.”

Targett has helped Newcastle pick up four points against Everton and West Ham United - lifting the club out of the relegation zone.

Howe’s men are just two points outside the bottom three but a win at Brentford on Saturday could see them climb to 14th.

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‘It’s a great start’

“It’s been a great start for me personally and the team,” Targett admitted.

“All I can do is control my performances and at the moment I think they’ve been very good.

“It also helps that the team is doing very well and picked up a lot of positive results.

“They’ve (my teammates) been fantastic.

“They’re a good group of lads and since I’ve come in they’ve made me feel very welcomed and helped me settle in.”

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