Newcastle signing Matt Targett on permanent deal 'is not a foregone conclusion'
Matt Targett joining Newcastle United on a permanent deal in the summer ‘is not yet a foregone conclusion’, according to a report.
The 26-year-old joined the Magpies on loan until the end of the season from Aston Villa, on transfer deadline day back in January.
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle have the option of signing Targett for £15million in the summer.
Since arriving at St James’ Park, Targett has started every game for his new side barring the 1-0 win against Steven Gerrard’s Villa, who he was ineligible to face due to them being his parent club.
No guarantees that Matt Targett will be signed permanently
The Athletic have produced an in-depth report on Newcastle’s plans in the summer transfer window.
The report states that there is ‘great uncertainty’ at left-back and while Targett has impressed during his loan spell, a lot may depend on whether PIF can negotiate a ‘reasonable fee’.
However, the same report adds that Newcastle would be ‘very receptive’ to keeping the man who made 13 caps for England’s Under-21 side.
It seems that PIF may be keen to see if they can drive down the £15million price to sign Targett on a permanent deal.
But with Steve Nickson, the club’s head of recruitment, and his scouting potential alternative targets, Targett joining permanently is not being seen as a ‘foregone conclusion’.
The news comes after transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reporting yesterday that the Toon Army were interested in signing Scotland international Aaron Hickey.
The teenager has impressed during his time in Serie A with Bologna and Newcastle are one of several clubs interested in bringing the ‘top talent’ to the Premier League.
It could well be that PIF want to save the money they would spent on Targett to focus on bringing Hickey to Tyneside.
It would be a surprise to see Newcastle not sign Matt Targett on a permanent deal given how he is seemingly slotted into the side and made what was one of the league’s worst defences a lot more solid.
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