Matt Targett delighted after signing permanent deal with Newcastle

Matt Target expressed his joy after signing for Newcastle United permanently.

The left-back spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park from AstonVilla and played his part in keeping the Magpies in the Premier League with 16 appearances for Eddie Howe’s side, who eventually finished 11th.

Targett has now agreed a four-year deal to stay permanently at Tyneside, with the club’s first transfer of the summer expected to cost a total of £15million.

Former Southampton defender Targett told the club’s official website: “I am absolutely delighted to sign a four-year contract with this club.

“For me it was an easy decision to make the loan permanent after the reception I’ve had from my fellow players, staff, supporters and owners, so I’m really happy to be here.”

Head Coach Howe spoke about the impact Targett had after joining in January.

“Matt had a fantastic impact after being loaned out in January and contributed greatly to some great team performances,” he added.

“He’s a big lad and a top professional who undoubtedly makes us stronger, so I’m delighted he sees his future here.”

The club are also in ongoing talks over Reims striker Hugo Ekitike – one of the players they pursued during the January transfer window.

This deal would be considerably more expensive, with reports suggesting the 19-year-old could cost the Saudi-backed club owners up to £36m, plus add-ons.

Amanda Staveley’s Consortium invested around £94m in a spending spree in January that helped Howe guide his side to Premier League safety, but the head coach has repeatedly warned fans not to expect a massive investment this summer as the hierarchy attempts to comply with profit and sustainability regulations.

The arrival of the new sports director Dan Ashworth sparked a flurry of activity at St James’ Park, with midfielder Isaac Hayden joining Norwich on a season-long loan deal with a performance-linked purchase obligation on Tuesday, the first of a series of expected departures to make way for new arrivals.

Matt Targett delighted after signing permanent deal with Newcastle

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