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Southampton’s Matt Targett linked to Newcastle United – what would he add?

Jake Jackman




Newcastle United are looking to do business on deadline day, but time is against them. Sky Sports report that they have made a loan enquiry for Southampton left-back Matt Targett. The Chronicle understand that the defender is available for loan, but they have asked for a substantial loan fee. Saints would also want guaranteed playing time for their player, which the Magpies might not be able to provide.

Rafa Benitez wants to bring in a left-back to add cover to the squad. Paul Dummett is expected to be out until November and they have had to play Chancel Mbemba there during the last two matches. It isn’t his natural position and another option there would be a huge help for Newcastle. Targett has Premier League experience and he is a young player that would improve at St James’ Park. However, he isn’t a player that will excite supporters.

What would he add?

The 21-year-old has been at Southampton since the age of eight and he has been brought through the club’s famous youth academy. He is a more defensive-minded full-back and would be a like-for-like replacement for Paul Dummett. Last season, he played only five times in the Premier League as he struggled with injuries.

He has a handful of Premier League appearances to his name, but he would arguably be a downgrade on Dummett. The Welsh international is much maligned by the Newcastle supporters, but he has a lot more experience than Targett and it is understandable that a move for the Southampton left-back would be underwhelming. At this stage, the Magpies are running out of time and there aren’t many quality players left on the market.

Benitez obviously feels that Targett would be a good addition, or at least offer an improvement on the other left-back options at the club. His lack of attacking quality is a worry, but it would be another body through the door and that has to be seen as a positive at this point in the window.

How likely is a deal?

This one could go either way as Newcastle need reinforcements, but they might not be able to reach an agreement with Southampton. Benitez won’t want to offer promises on game-time that he knows he won’t keep and the substantial loan fee might cause a problem for the board. The Saints would be open to loaning out the 21-year-old, but it would have to be on their terms.

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Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Is Juan Foyth a ready-made replacement for Toby Alderweireld?

The Argentine youngster joined Tottenham Hotspur from Estudiantes last summer.



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According to reports in Belgium this week, Tottenham Hotspur have given up hope of keeping Toby Alderweireld.

HLN has reported Spurs have accepted defeat in trying to convince the Belgian of signing a new deal after failing to agree on wages.

Therefore, Tottenham will sell the 29-year-old this summer, with £43 million the asking price.

Tottenham could be looking for a new signing in the summer to replace him, but rather than spending big on a new recruit, they should instead give a chance to someone already at the club.

The player in question is Argentine defender Juan Foyth.

Spurs brought in the young defender from Estudiantes last summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £10 million by ESPN.

His signature was heralded as a success for the London outfit after the Times had reported PSG had instead got the youngster.

Foyth has played just eight times for Tottenham this season, with none of those appearances coming in the Premier League.

But at just 20-years-old and new to English football, that was to be expected.

Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a huge fan of his countryman and Foyth has impressed in the FA Cup this season.

As a ball playing centre-half he is the type of player Tottenham want at the back to take the team into the future.

With Alderweireld gone, Tottenham will be short a defensive option.

Jan Vertonghen will be the pillar in the centre of defence, with Davinson Sanchez an impressive talent alongside him.

Eric Dier’s versatility makes him an option. Foyth would then argue the case that he is next in line and deserves a shot at establishing himself in the Tottenham first-team.

It is certainly a possibility.

Tottenham also have highly-rated American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers out on loan at Ipswich Town, who could take Foyth’s place as fifth-in-line, if Tottenham give the Argentine his chance.

The likelihood is that Spurs will bring in a new recruit to replace Alderweireld. Perhaps a player with more experience will instead be pursued.

Foyth has not yet proved himself in the Premier League, so laying it on the line for him next season would be a massive risk by Pochettino and Tottenham.

But there is certainly a chance that the £10 million youngster could take Alderweireld’s place next season.

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Luka Modric could prove the perfect Emre Can replacement at Liverpool

The Croatian has been linked with a move to Anfield with Emre Can expected to leave this summer.



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Emre Can looks set to be on his way out of Anfield this summer as the 24-year-old German international seems unwilling to sign a new contract at Liverpool.

Spanish news outlet El Gol Digital have recently linked Real Madrid with the German international, although they would have to fend off interest from European rivals Juventus.

Speaking to Sport 1, Can recently expressed his desire to be featured in the world team of the year at some point in his career.

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For the 24-year-old, it would be difficult to turn down a club of Madrid’s magnitude and his departure would represent a blow for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Nonetheless, a swap deal for Real Madrid star Luka Modric would be a superb way to ease the pain of the German’s exit.

Reports linking Can with the Bernabeu come just a matter of weeks after Spanish newspaper Dario Gol expressed Luka Modric’s desire to leave the current Champions League holders.

The Croation international is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League return, with Liverpool, along with Tottenham, named as front-runners for his signature.

Even at 32 years of age, the Croatian midfielder is still one of the best players in the world and would represent an excellent short-term fix for the Reds.

Modric was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI in January and ranked as the 6th best player in the world in the Guardian’s prestigious Top 100 rankings.

His brilliant passing range, his superb footballing brain, and his delicate skills are all crucial components that would boost Liverpool’s attacking threat.

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Combined with a world-class attack consisting of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane, the Reds truly could stake a claim for the most dynamic frontline in England next season.

Most importantly, the addition of Modric could finally mark the replacement for Philippe Coutinho that many Liverpool supporters have been begging for.

A seasoned international with tremendous experience at the upper levels of world football would be a remarkable transfer for Klopp’s side, and would surely bolster their title aspirations in 2018/19.

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Matty Foulds has not fulfilled two-year Everton promise

The one time ‘next John Stones’ has not lived up to his potential.



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In November 2015, Everton agreed a deal to sign teenage defender Matty Foulds from Bury.

The then-17-year-old agreed to join Everton in January 2016 and was immediately hotly tipped for a bright future at Goodison Park.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the deal cost Everton £225,000 and the club expected him to be playing first-team football within the next two years.

Such high praise and expectation soon saw him earning the moniker of ‘next John Stones’, considering the England international’s rise from the Football League.

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So, it is now over two years since Foulds joined Everton and, as of yet, the first-team has not been calling.

The now 20-year-old defender has not yet made his first-team debut or even a matchday squad.

Foulds, who played just four times in Everton’s triumphant Premier League 2 Division One win last season, has not made the progress many at the club thought he might.

This season, he has established himself as a more regular feature, playing 11 times, mostly as a left-back, despite originally arriving as a ball-playing centre-half.

Foulds, whose current deal expires in the summer of 2019, has clearly not lived up to expectation just yet.

It could be he has fallen victim to the change of management at Everton. Roberto Martinez spoke highly of Foulds when signing him.

The Spaniard would have had a vision of him playing first-team football for Everton, but Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce may not share such expectancy. 

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Foulds also has plenty of competition at Goodison Park.

Last season he could not get past the likes of Antonee Robinson, Callum Connolly, Morgan Feeney and first-team regulars Matthew Pennington and Mason Holgate.

This campaign he has been a regular but has not featured in the club’s last four under-23 ties.

Lewis Gibson has been preferred at left-back with Foulds also struggling with injury.

It certainly appears as though Foulds has not lived up to the expectations Everton had for him when he first arrived.

Next season, contractually, is his last at Finch Farm and Foulds will need to massively improve if he is to have any long-term future at Goodison Park.

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