Newcastle United confirm £12m Matt Targett deal - with more signings set to follow

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Matt Targett has signed for Newcastle United permanently after impressing Eddie Howe during his loan spell from Aston Villa last season.

Newcastle United have completed the permanent signing of Matt Targett from Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

The 26-year-old travelled to Tyneside this morning to undergo his medical after returning from his holiday in Ibiza.

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Personal terms were agreed upon straight away as Targett puts pen to paper on a four-year contract with the Magpies.

The fee is believed to be around £12million, plus the £3m loan fee United paid to Villa in January.

Newcastle United have signed Matt Targett on a permanent deal from Aston Villa.Newcastle United have signed Matt Targett on a permanent deal from Aston Villa.
Newcastle United have signed Matt Targett on a permanent deal from Aston Villa. | Getty Images

Eddie Howe had considered other left-back options, including Atletico Madrid’s Renan Lodi, however have pushed forward with signing Targett following Dan Ashworth’s arrival as sporting director.

Targett played every minute of the 16 games he was available during his successful loan spell. During that time, he proved to be a reliable Premier League performer and an integral part of the side that retained its top-flight status.

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United were in the relegation zone when Targett linked up with Howe’s sid but brilliantly ended the campaign in 11th, with their form in 2022 bettered only by Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Targett’s arrival at St James’ Park is expected to be the first of many this summer under the club’s ambitious ownership.

Matt Targett ‘absolutely delighted’ to join Newcastle

“I’m absolutely delighted to sign a four-year contract with this club,” said Targett.

“For me, it was an easy decision to make the loan permanent after the welcome I had from my fellow players, the staff, the supporters and the owners so I’m really happy to be here.”

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What Eddie Howe said

Howe added: “Matt had a fantastic impact after joining on loan in January and made a big contribution to some excellent team performances.

“He is a great lad and a top professional who undoubtedly makes us stronger so I’m delighted he sees his future here.”

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