Newcastle United trigger deal for 'talented' player - will become the first official summer signing

Newcastle United defender Lewis Hall. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle United defender Lewis Hall. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United defender Lewis Hall. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United have officially triggered a deal for the Chelsea left-back after meeting the criteria.

Newcastle United have triggered a permanent transfer for Lewis Hall, which will see him become the club’s first official summer signing.

The 19-year-old joined the Magpies on loan from Chelsea at the beginning of the campaign with the move including a reported £28million obligation to buy.

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And following the 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon, the criteria is understood to have been met. As per journalist Ben Jacobs “United can't finish worse than 14th, thus triggering” the deal.

Hall started back-to-back games against Everton and Fulham but dropped out of the starting XI against Spurs after missing training in the week because of a quad injury. He was introduced as a late substitute.

The England youth international hasn’t played too much football this season but Eddie Howe is excited about how he can develop in the long-term.

Speaking about Hall previously, Howe said: “In terms of my thinking, I’m preparing for Lewis to be at Newcastle for many years. He was always brought in with a long term view, not a short term signing. He is a long term signing.

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"We have always believed in him and his quality and we have been working really hard with him on his game. He’s a really talented lad. He’s got a couple of things to continue working on as all the players have. I believe in him. My vision for him is he will be at Newcastle for many years.

“I’m delighted with that because he has many qualities we are looking for. Sometimes, and I know it’s a rare commodity these days, we just need some patience. We just need to wait to develop players.

"There’s no magic wand but time and good work on the training pitch. Players develop at different speeds, but we’re delighted with the progress he’s made. 

“When you look at someone of that age moving away from home — regardless of the fact they’re a footballer — you can’t underestimate the challenges that come with that. He’s handled himself really well and it’s been a season of growth for him although the external view would not necessarily have seen that.

“We have seen that internally so it’s been a really powerful, positive year for him. A lot of work has been put into him and I do believe in him long-term.”

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