Newcastle have finally made a start on their squad clearout, with agreement reached with Millwall for the transfer of winger Shane Ferguson.

A successful loan spell ended with a 2-1 away win on Saturday, Shane Ferguson was named in the starting eleven and helped push Millwall into sixth place.

Due to be out of contract this summer, Ferguson has now signed on a permanent deal from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old Northern Ireland international, who can also operate at left-back as well as on the left wing, has signed an 18 month contract with the Lions.

Earlier today it was confirmed that Andros Townsend will become Newcastle’s third signing of the January transfer window after a fee of £12m was agreed with Tottenham.

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Newcastle United defender Shane Ferguson has joined Millwall on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

The Northern Ireland international left-back, who can also play in midfield, has been on loan with the League One outfit since August, making 28 appearances in all competitions to date.

And Ferguson has now turned that into a full-time deal, signing an 18-month contract at the New Den.

Twenty-four-year-old Ferguson was born in Derry, in Northern Ireland, but came up through the ranks on Tyneside before making his Magpies’ debut in August 2010, at Accrington Stanley in the League Cup.

He made 32 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle, with 19 of those coming as a substitute, and also spent time on loan at Birmingham City and Glasgow Rangers over the last three seasons.’

Last week Millwall manager Neil Harris had insisted that he would need to move on to other targets if agreement couldn’t be reached with United:

 “Again, nothing has changed on our end, we would like to keep the boy.

 “It is down to Newcastle and his representatives to strike a deal to enable Shane to come.

“I’m quite strong in my stance that I need to see some progress with it. If not I need to move on and find alternative options.

“The beauty of Shane is that he plays at left-back and left wing and is comfortable in both positions.

“We have a light squad and there’s definitely space down the left-hand side for somebody with directness and who can deliver the ball to come in and give us that option.”

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