Matt Targett is going to be Newcastle United’s first signing of the summer.
The left-back is heading back to St James’ Park, having spent the second half of last season on loan.
There was fear that his temporary move wouldn’t be made permanent, with speculation that Newcastle could look elsewhere. It was reported that Eddie Howe wanted a more attacking full-back, with a move for Renan Lodi mooted.
However, that doesn’t look like it will be happen, with a deal in place to make Targett a permanent Magpie.
How long Matt Targett’s Newcastle contract will be
Newcastle will pay Aston Villa £12million to take Targett off their hands. That’s slightly less than the fee that was originally mentioned.
It was previously reported that Targett would cost £15million, but that included the £3million loan fee.
He has underwent a medical on Tyneside today, having finalised a deal with Dan Ashworth to join Newcastle.
According to TalkSPORT, he has agreed a four-year deal. That means he will be contracted at St James’ Park until 2026.
We’re going to get the best years of Targett, who is 26-years-old right now. He should be hitting his peak in the next couple of years, which is very exciting.
The former Southampton ace was exceptional on loan. He adapted to life in the North East incredibly quickly, becoming one of Howe’s most reliable players.
That’s why he played every minute possible for the Magpies, making 16 appearances. The only time he didn’t play was when he was ineligible against Aston Villa.
He was a picture of consistency in a Newcastle shirt, and hopefully that carries on into next season and beyond.
Shortly after his arrival, we wrote that Targett should be our first signing of the summer. It looks like that is going to be the case.