Newcastle United have completed the signing of Aston Villa defender Matt Targett on loan until the end of the season.
The 26-year-old is the Magpies’ fourth arrival of the January transfer window and follows the permanent additions of Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes at St. James’ Park.
The former Southampton and Fulham man will wear squad number 13 for his new club.
Speaking to the club’s official website after completing his loan move to Tyneside, Targett said: “I’m delighted to be here. I can’t wait to get going and meet all the fans and hopefully we can have a successful end to the season.
“My family have friends here and they’ve always said it’s a football-mad city, so to experience it and be part of it – I’m really looking forward to it.”
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said: “We have gone into this transfer window with a plan to add strong competition in specific areas of the team and Matt will be a fantastic option for us on the left.
“He has important Premier League experience and know-how at this level, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to add him to the squad.”
The signing of Matt Targett could see Jamal Lewis, who has interest from Birmingham City, leave the club on loan.
Targett had started 17 Premier League games for Aston Villa this season but following the arrival of Lucas Digne, the former England under-21 international fell down the pecking order.
Newcastle owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has reacted to Targett’s signing. He Tweeted: “Welcome Matt, super excited to have you on board.”
Targett will be hoping to slot straight into the starting line-up in our first match after the international break which comes against Newcastle on 8 February.
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