Newcastle United handed ‘boost’ in midfielder race as loan star requests permanent stay

All the latest Newcastle United transfer news and rumours as Eddie Howe’s men celebrate their excellent performance against Arsenal.

Newcastle United are on cloud nine following their impressive performance on Monday night.

The Magpies cruised past Arsenal with a 2-0 home win to have an almighty say on the top four race, and they could quite easily have scored more.

It was a fine display from Eddie Howe’s men, who have managed to finish the season in excellent form, creating plenty of excitement ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Newcastle are already looking much more solid, and they should be able to strengthen significantly over the summer thanks to their new-found wealth.

In that vein, we have rounded up all the latest transfer rumours surrounding St James’ Park as the summer transfer window nears.

Targett wants permanent move

Loan star Matt Targett has made it rather clear he wants to stay at St James’ Park long term.

Targett has spent the second half of this season on loan from Aston Villa, and after a brilliant performance against Arsenal, he made his desire clear.

“I think everyone knows what I want,” he told NUFC TV. “It’s up to the club. It’s a massive project, an exciting project and I think everyone wants to be a part of it.”

Longtsaff update

The Magpies are being tipped to wrap up a new contract for Sean Longstaff.

Longstaff has made 25 appearances across all competitions this season, but he is out of contract this summer.

As detailed by the Shields Gazette, Newcastle are expecting to tie Longstaff down to a new deal before his deal expires.

Phillips boost

Newcastle are said to be at the front of the queue when it comes to the Kalvin Phillips race.

Phillips is expected to leave Leeds United this summer amid impressive performances for club and country over the last two years.

And according to Football Insider, Newcastle, along with Aston Villa, are the front runners in the race to land the midfielder.