Transfers

Newcastle close to signing Matt Targett on loan

Targett is Newcastle's top target
Targett is Newcastle's top target / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Newcastle are close to signing Aston Villa defender Matt Targett on loan until the end of the season, 90min understands.

Recruiting a left-back has always been a priority for the Magpies this window with Mitchel Bakker, Rogerio and Lucas Digne all being considered in recent times.

However, 90min now understands that Targett is their number-one option. The club first made an enquiry for the defender two weeks ago, shortly after Villa signed Lucas Digne from Everton.

The Frenchman's arrival was always going to cut into Targett's playing time and Newcastle have now tested Villa's resolve with a fresh approach a fortnight after that initial contact.

90min understands that things are progressing well with Targett's representatives travelling to Tyneside on Sunday after Villa granted them permission to hammer out a deal. The player is likely to follow them for a medical on Monday morning.

It is set to be a busy final 24 hours for Newcastle in the transfer window. Having just confirmed the arrival of Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon in a deal that could rise to €52m, they are also in talks to sign Manchester United pair Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson.

They are also expected to secure the signature of Brighton's Dan Burn with a £13m fee agreed for the towering defender.


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