TEAMtalk are reporting in an exclusive today that Newcastle are in talks with Southampton about signing England U21 international Matt Targett on loan for the season.
Targett stands 6ft tall and usually plays at left-back, but he can also play on the left wing and if we can get this lad into Newcastle he will definitely offer competition to Paul Dummett for the starting left-back place.
Targett has already played 40 times for the Southampton first team and has played 12 times for the England U21 side, so he’s a very good young player at just 21 years old.
England U21 international Matt Targett of Southampton
He made his debut for the Saints back in August 2014 in a League Cup second-round game at Millwall when he was just 17.
Ryan Bertrand and Sam McQueen are ahead of him at the south coast club and Southampton want him to get first team games out on loan this season.
He signed a new five-year deal earlier this month but the news from TEAMtalk is that Newcastle are firm favorites to sign him today.
We hope that’s true.
Matt was born in the Southampton suburb of Eastleigh and has been at the Saints since 2004 when he was just eight years old and he came through the famous Southampton Youth Academy.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle can agree to get an option to buy clause put in the loan deal – but we doubt it.
What do you think?