Newcastle United make summer transfer breakthrough as Dan Ashworth signs off £12m deal

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Matt Targett is set to become Newcastle United’s first signing of the summer.

Newcastle United are set to kickstart their summer transfer business with the permanent arrival of Matt Targett.

The 26-year-old is currently in the North East undergoing his medical with an agreement already reached with Aston Villa and the player.

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The transfer, believed to be worth around £12million, could even be announced later today or on Thursday morning.

Rather than commit to a permanent move for Targett immediately after the season ended, United explored other options.

Atletico Madrid’s Renan Lodi, a former teammate of Kieran Trippier, was heavily linked, while Aaron Hickey of Bologna was also considered.

However, following the arrival of Dan Ashworth as sporting director this week, United have decided to push ahead with a move for Targett.

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The news of Targett’s imminent arrival will certainly go do well with supporters, who took the left-back to their hearts during his loan spell last season.

The former Southampton youngster joined a club battling Premier League relegation in January but he, along with winter recruits Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes, helped Newcastle win its survival battle.

Targett played every minute of the 16 games he was available for as Eddie Howe’s side recorded an 11th placed finish on their best top-flight points total (49) in eight years.

For the reported fee, Newcastle are getting a solid and dependable Premier League performer, as well as leaving space in their budget to strengthen other key positions.

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Targett, who also had interest from Fulham, made no secret of his desire to remain at St James’ Park and be part of the club’s exciting project.

Meanwhile, head coach Howe has been coy on Targett’s future, but recognised his impact during his half-season loan spell.

“Matt’s done very well,” The 44-year-old said. “There are still games to be played this season and opinions to be fully formed but I think he’s performed really well.

“He’s fit into the team very well, he’s been very consistent with his performances. He’s done very well and we’re very pleased with him.”

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