Newcastle United might not sign Matt Targett permanently after all.
The left-back’s loan spell with the Magpies came to an end on Sunday, with Targett playing the full 90 minutes once again as Newcastle beat Burnley.
The 26-year-old has played a lot of football since his January move to St James’ Park. He’s played every single minute possible for Newcastle, with the game against Aston Villa being the only time he didn’t feature. And that’s because he was ineligible.
Targett has been brilliant for Newcastle, providing defensive solidity in a problem position. His arrival was a surprise on deadline day, but he quickly proved to be a star in black and white.
He’s been a picture of consistency, and a player who many fans want to see sign permanently. However, it looks like that might not happen.
The Northern Echo have reported that he favours a return down south, while Newcastle might not be fully keen on signing him either.
Newcastle want a more attacking left-back than Matt Targett
According to the Telegraph, the chances of Targett signing for Newcastle have dramatically decreased in recent days.
They report that the Magpies want a left-back who is more attacking than Targett. That’s why they’re looking at Atletico Madrid’s Renan Lodi.
A move for Lodi would certainly interest Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes, who have both played with him in the past.
However, news of Newcastle’s Targett stance may disappoint Bruno, who called on the club to sign him after the recent win over Arsenal.
If Targett doesn’t return, he will be remembered fondly for his spell on Tyneside. He joined the club during a difficult period, and played an important role in guiding us too safety.
But Newcastle’s stance sums up the big aspirations of the owners. Targett was great for the Magpies, but the club are already looking to improve further.