Newcastle United’s best free transfers of the Premier League era ranked - can Lloyd Kelly make the list?

A look at Newcastle United’s greatest-ever bargains - could incoming defender Lloyd Kelly make this list one day?

Newcastle United are set to announce Lloyd Kelly as their first summer signing once his Bournemouth contract expires later this month.

A trusted Eddie Howe lieutenant, the versatile defender attracted interest from Liverpool but will instead join the Saudi-backed revolution at St James’ Park. His arrival on a free will allow Toon chiefs to loosen their purse strings elsewhere, with FFP/PSR restrictions continuing to govern transfer policy.

Defensive reinforcements were required given Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles’ lengthy long-term injuries. Paul Dummett will also leave this month - making space in the squad for a utility man.

Kelly is looking to follow in a long line of United stars who, despite arriving for nothing, proved a hit with supporters. NewcastleWorld has profiled the five best freebies from the Premier League era.

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