Newcastle United target makes shock Chelsea transfer U-turn

The Southampton youngster was tracked by Newcastle United before he joined Chelsea.

Teenager midfielder Tyler Dibling has returned to Southampton - just three weeks after leaving to join Chelsea.

The highly-rated 16-year-old attracted interest from a number of clubs - including Newcastle United - before the Blues won the race for his signature.

Dibling, an England youth international, caught the eye after he scored a hat-trick for the Saints’ under-23s side at St James’ Park in April.

Tyler Dibling has returned to Southampton - just weeks after joining Chelsea. (Photo by Ricardo Nascimento/Getty Images for DFB)

After his contract at the South Coast club expired, Dibling revealed his excitement at joining Chelsea this summer.

However, as per various reports, Dibling has made a swift return to St Mary’s after struggling to settle in West London.

Prior to his short Chelsea switch, Dibling had trained with Southampton’s first-team last season.

“He was training with us in the week, and showed some good moves,” said manager Ralph Hassenhuttl.

“For me, it’s good to give him a chance to be around the team, to get a feeling for the atmosphere in a Premier League game, and this is good for him.”

Newcastle had tracked his progress but Dibling will remain at Southampton and continue his development.