Hopefully Matt Targett completes a permanent transfer to Newcastle United this summer.
The left-back joined the Magpies on deadline day in January, agreeing a loan deal for the rest of the season from Aston Villa.
He was suddenly out of favour at Villa Park, replaced by Lucas Digne – a player Newcastle tried to buy.
That transfer inadvertently pushed Targett towards the Magpies, and it’s a twist of fate that has massively helped Eddie Howe’s side.
The 26-year-old has been a picture of consistency in defence, barely putting a foot wrong since his arrival.
No contract agreed for Matt Targett to complete Newcastle transfer
However, there has been some noises lately that a deal isn’t as certain as some think. The Athletic claim that Howe is undecided about signing Targett. That’s not to say he won’t, just rather that a final decision hasn’t been made.
Even if Howe does decide he wants Targett back next season, there is still one more hurdle to overcome.
The Chronicle report that the former Southampton man is yet to agree personal terms with the Magpies. Considering he reportedly wants to stay at St James’ Park, contract negotiations shouldn’t be too difficult.
Given our newfound wealth, wages shouldn’t be an issue, but Newcastle will be reluctant to overpay players despite their financial clout.
It won’t be long before Newcastle need to make a decision on Targett. The season is almost over, and Howe will surely be keen to get his transfer business done early.
If you had to bet on one player being our first summer signing, you’d put your money on Targett. But Howe needs to greenlight it first, then it will be up to the owners to present the defender with an acceptable contract.
But for £15million, this is a deal Newcastle simply have to go for.