Newcastle United set for £3m FFP boost following Southampton’s play-off win

Adam Armstrong, the former Newcastle United academy product who bagged the winner for SouthamptonAdam Armstrong, the former Newcastle United academy product who bagged the winner for Southampton
Adam Armstrong, the former Newcastle United academy product who bagged the winner for Southampton
Southampton beat Leeds United 1-0 yesterday in the Championship play-off final - with former Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong scoring the goal

Newcastle United will save around £3million in wages should Ryan Fraser join Southampton permanently.

The winger was made surplus to requirements at the start of the season following a fallout with Eddie Howe. Fraser - who admitted he was “sad” at the relationship breaking down - has been a man reborn on the south coast.

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He was arguably the Saints’ standout player as they beat Leeds United in the Championship play-off final yesterday. An instant Premier League return increased Southampton’s chances of signing Fraser this summer.

As it stands, he has one year running on his Newcastle contract but Toon chiefs will allow him to go for a nominal fee. Even if they let Fraser leave on a free transfer, the Magpies will save around £60,000 per week - or £3million over the season.

The Scottish international opened up about wanting to stay at Southampton earlier this season. Fraser said: “I love it here. I love coming in every day, loving football again is nice. I try to gain as much each time I come in and I try to wear the badge with as much pride as I can.

“I try to give as much as I can every day and not waste a second while I come in. At the end of the season, hopefully, I can stay.

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“That’s my main goal, to stay at the club, but there are little goals to try to get there. First and foremost I aim to help the club get promoted, and it would be nice to stay.

“I’ve said it before, if I don’t play -  don’t play. I’m not going to complain about it. I’m just going to be trying to help the lads as much as possible. If that’s shouting on from the sideline, encouraging them or celebrating when they score - that’s the kind of player I want to be.”

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