The Sun are reporting today that Newcastle United are interested in Southampton left-back Matt Targett and it seems that Rafa Benitez likes the look of the England U-21 International, who would cost around £5M.
The 6ft tall player usually plays at left-back but he can also play out on the left wing.
Matt Targett – 20 year-old Southampton left-back
And it seems Rafa Benitez is trying to get a balance of new young players coupled with experience in the team for the coming important season in the Championship.
So it looks like Targett is a target for Newcastle – sorry about that.
Matt played for Scotland at the U-18 level before switching to England and he has played for the England U-19, U-20 and U-21 sides – with 19 appearances in total.
He has played 9 times for the U-21s and was part of the England U-21 squad that won the Toulon Tournament earlier this summer.
He is local Southampton lad who was born in Eastleigh.
Matt joined the Saints as a 9 year-old and came through their famous Youth Academy and made his first team debut in August of 2014 in a League Cup second round game at Millwall.
He was named as Southampton’s Young Player of the Season for 2014–2015
Matt has played 31 times for Southampton with 19 of those being in the Premier League, and it’s a good question as to whether new manager Claude Puel would want to sell his young star.
It would not be surprising if Newcastle follow up their interest with a bid of £5M for this top youngster.