Newcastle United summer transfer move not ruled out by Premier League boss

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The Arsenal left-back is reportedly attracting interest from Newcastle United.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has failed to rule out a summer exit for reported Newcastle United target Kieran Tierney.

Eddie Howe’s side have been linked with a move for the Scotland international as an alternative option to Dan Burn and Matt Targett at left-back. Burn is a recognised centre-half but has played there this campaign with Targett restricted to just four Premier League starts.

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Meanwhile, Tierney has fallen behind summer signing Oleksandr Zinchenko at the Emirates. He’s made four league starts in total - his last being on Boxing Day against West Ham United.

Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Asked if Tierney could leave in the near future, Arteta said: I don’t know, I’m not thinking about it. I’m thinking about what’s best for the team, obviously, and the players with the right to play minutes which they all deserve and we’re going to try to do that in the next couple of games.”

Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic for £25million in 2019. The 25-year-old has struggled with injuries during that time but has remained fit and available throughout the 2022-23 season.

Howe will look to get Targett back up to speed in the coming matches after he missed the last four weeks or so with a heel injury. The Magpies head coach admitted recently the 27-year-old has been a miss, despite a good form of Burn.

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“We’ve definitely missed Matt,” said Howe. “First and foremost, he’s a great player, a great character, a very, very consistent trainer, and someone who goes about his business in a very professional way.

“(They’re) very different attributes to Dan, and in his own right is an outstanding player. Having him back is a great boost for us.”

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