When we saw that Newcastle were interested in signing Matt Targett of Southampton on loan for the season that looked like a great deal for us but it has already hit a snag on this final day of the transfer window.
Southampton are reported to want a big loan fee for their 21-year-old left back, and it seems that Newcastle are unwilling to pay that.
Since we desperately need to bring in a specialized left-back today, we assume Newcastle have another target lined up – maybe signing Independiente left-back Nicolas Tagliafico?
Here’s a tweet from George Caulkin from the Times today:
Southampton want a hefty loan fee for Matt Targett – deal viewed ‘unlikely’ by Nufc at this stage.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) August 31, 2017
If we cannot get a left-back in we still have Sadio Haidara although his injury history is not good at Newcastle when he did play last season he looked OK.
Matt Targett – loan fee too much for Newcastle?
Sadio has only one year left on his contract at Newcastle and will become a free agent next summer, but Newcastle would have liked to have unloaded the Frenchman this summer.
Sadio joined us from French club Nancy in January of 2013.
There’s also news from Italy that Achraf Lazaar’s loan move to Benevento may be hitting a snag, and that Rafa Benitez now wants to keep Lazaar at Newcastle for the coming season.
Needless to say, Lazaar is not too keen on that proposition after not getting a look-in with Rafa last season.
But Sky Sports Italia are now reporting that Newcastle have persuaded Achraf to stay at Newcastle this season so that doesn’t sound good for getting left-sided full backs and/or wingers through the door today.
Rafa will be balancing various things today because he will want to have cover from former surplus players if we cannot get some of our targets through the door by 11:00 pm tonight.