Wed 12 Jun 2024, 09:00 · Ash Harrison

Newcastle ready to listen to offers for £15m defender as Eddie Howe's squad overhaul begins

Newcastle ready to listen to offers for £15m defender as Eddie Howe's squad overhaul begins
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Eddie Howe told Newcastle United fans not to expect a huge squad overhaul this summer with the club still battling with FFP/PSR but if the Magpies are able to move a few players on then they could open up the potential for more incomings.

There are several players who were part of Eddie Howe's 25-man-squad last season who are being moved on and others we feel should be this summer as the club needs to keep making strides forward rather than hanging on to players for sentimental reasons.

One player who was in that squad last season but was rarely seen is one of Eddie Howe's first signings for the club, £15million man Matt Targett who impressed on an initial six-month loan before making his move from Aston Villa permanent.

Since Targett made that move he's been absolutely riddled with injuries and the fullback made just seven appearances last season.

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Matt Targett making a rare appearance on the pitch

Newcastle will struggle to find a new club for Targett

Now Newcastle World believe that patience has finally run out and Newcastle will listen to offers for the 28-year-old this summer.

However, moving him on won't be easy as Targett is on a staggering £100,000-a-week with two years remaining on his deal.

That will make finding a suitor very difficult unless someone is able to convince him to take a hefty pay cut.


Targett got off to such a bright start at Newcastle

Newcastle are unlikely to recoup their £15million fee given his lack of game time over the last two years either, so if Targett is to move on it's not going to be a deal that benefits anyone really, except for in terms of Profit and Sustainability given that Targett's wages would clear over £5million off the bottom line.

It's a shame that things didn't work out for Targett because those six months when he was on loan he was outstanding, hence the cry from Toon Army to get him signed up permanently, but we just weren't aware that he was made out of toilet paper and clouds.

Given how difficult he'll be to move on, we're not expecting him to leave this summer which begs the question, what will Howe do with him? Will he get a squad place again or be left to fester?