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Premier League club wanting ‘hefty loan fee’ making Newcastle move unlikely

2 years ago
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A deal with fellow Premier League club Southampton is now looking unlikely for Newcastle United.

An exclusive from Teamtalk earlier this morning revealed the two clubs were in talks for Matt Targett to come on loan to St James Park, with the 21 year currently third choice at the Saints.

Sky Sports later confirmed that Newcastle were indeed interested in the left-back.

A regular for England Under 21s, despite his current third choice status the defender is highly rated by Southampton and has just signed an improved five year contract.

With Paul Dummett now reported to be out until November, Newcastle are obviously desperate for a left-back, that is if they weren’t already desperate for one even before Dummett’s injury.

However, the usually reliable George Caulkin from The Times now says that the deal is very ‘unlikely’ to happen now, as Southampton have asked for a ‘hefty loan fee’ before allowing the player to join Newcastle.

This is where you can really imagine Rafa Benitez fuming, as pretty much all of our rivals are trying to force through deals to strengthen their hand before the window closes.

It makes it sound as though Newcastle United are astonished that a club in this era would be asking for a sizeable loan payment, when prices are going through the roof.

Obviously it is all supply and demand but when Newcastle are desperate for a position to be strengthened, as in this case of left-back, if Ashley and his minions aren’t even prepared to back their manager on a deal like this (if Rafa wants it to happen, which he presumably does) then what real hope is there?

It is the same with our club when it comes to transfer fees, and the local reporting only adds to it, when any sizeable transfer fees are mentioned regarding possible signings.

This is a club that sold Andy Carroll for £35m almost seven years ago, Yohan Cabaye for £18m nearly four years ago, then Sissoko and Wijnaldum for £30m and £24m repsectively 12 months ago.

Yet for Newcastle United and the local media, the idea of spending anything close to the 12 year old NUFC spending record of £16m is met with incredulity.

No we don’t expect to spend £200m on Neymar or compete with Man City for signings BUT when Rafa doesn’t have a left-back available, bringing one in is surely the bare minimum we should all expect.

You hope it isn’t but the final stages of this window do make you think back to January when Rafa Benitez expected signings and then when they didn’t happen, even loan ones, said to Sky Sports he was at a loss to understand why none of the deals he wanted had been done.

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