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Eddie Howe was previously 'blown away' by Newcastle target Lloyd Kelly

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Lloyd Kelly.

According to the Daily Mail, the Bournemouth ace is on Eddie Howe’s list of January transfer targets.

Kelly is a defender, who can play as a left-back or a centre-back. He’s enjoying a brilliant season with the Cherries, who are currently second in the Championship.

He predominantly plays at the heart of Bournemouth’s defence now, and he has worn the captain’s armband on 13 occasions this season at the tender age of 23.

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Kelly is a clear leader despite his youthfulness, and that’s a quality Howe noted in the summer of 2020.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe signed Lloyd Kelly for Bournemouth

Kelly joined Bournemouth in the summer of 2019, the beginning of their final season in the top flight. He cost £13million from Bristol City, but barely featured in the Premier League due to injury.

He did get some minutes towards the end of the season, and earned praise from the now Toon boss.

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“Yeah, I think one of the great things about Lloyd when I first met him – I was blown away by how mature he was,” Howe told the the Bournemouth Echo.

“How much mental capacity he had to want to improve and learn and to become the very best player that he can be.”

Howe went on to add: “He’s certainly someone who I think could have leadership capabilities as he grows through his career.”

That has certainly been the case, with Kelly donning the captain’s armband for Bournemouth this season. His performances are leading their promotion charge, as they look to return to the top flight.

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Kelly is another example of Howe’s keen eye for talent. His transfer record is often criticised, but that’s a bit of a myth. He has a great history of finding exciting youngsters and helping them grow.

While he didn’t work with Kelly for long, he has certainly impressed in Howe’s absence.

“But he is an outstanding player, got great potential.”

Those are exciting words from Howe, which is why a move to St James’ Park for Kelly could be fantastic for the club.

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