Report: Arsenal & Newcastle miss out on £14m target as Premier League side agree deal
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Report: Arsenal & Newcastle miss out on £14m target as Premier League side agree deal

According to Fabrizio Romano, Brentford have beaten Premier League rivals Arsenal and Newcastle to the signing of Aaron Hickey.

What’s the story?

Well, it was said that Arsenal were closing in on the Scotland international, who has made a name for himself in Italian football with Bologna.

Elsewhere, it was said that Newcastle were preparing a bid for Hickey.

Now, however, both Mikel Arteta and Eddie Howe look set to be disappointed, as Brentford have agreed a £14m deal with Bologna for the 20-year-old’s signature.

Romano believes Thomas Frank’s side have shook hands with the left-back on a five-year contract, and he will now travel to England to undergo a medical with the Bees.

The reliable Italian journalist also mentions that add-ons are involved in the deal, so Brentford may end up paying more than £14m.

Hickey’s move to the Premier League comes after he scored five goals in 36 Serie A appearances last season, while also providing one assist – an impressive amount of goal involvements for a defender.

Aston Villa also expressed an interest in the Scot, whereas it was said that West Ham even submitted a bid.

Arsenal and Newcastle have alternatives

Fortunately, the Gunners and the Magpies haven’t seemed to put all of their eggs into one basket.

Arsenal may now intensify their pursuit of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, who was the subject of a bid from the north Londoners, although Manchester United are also keen.

In regards to Newcastle, Howe is supposedly taking a look at Atlético Madrid left-back Renan Lodi, who would fight Matt Targett for a place in the starting XI on Tyneside.

Of course, there may be a slight chance of the Premier League duo hijacking the Hickey deal, as he still needs to undergo a medical – as things stand, however, Arteta and Howe will most likely have to look elsewhere.

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