A report by TeamTalk has suggested that Fulham made an approach to loan Newcastle left-back Matt Targett for this season.
Matt Targett joined Newcastle United on loan from Aston Villa in Eddie Howe‘s first transfer window at the helm and became a huge success with fans and Bruno Guimaraes suggesting he should be signed permanently in the summer.
That’s exactly what happened, with Targett making his move permanent for a £15million fee, but then in a cruel twist of fate Targett picked up an injury forcing Howe to use centre-back Dan Burn as a makeshift full-back. Burn surprised everyone with how competent he was in that role and it became clear that Targett would have his work cut out for him to get his place back.
Burn definitely sympathised with Targett despite gleefully taking his place in the side and in an interview with The Athletic said that Targett is ‘a very, very good player who could easily be playing every week.’
While Targett’s role was limited last year, the increased fixture list this season suggests he’ll get more chances to shine this year, but Newcastle have also just added to the left-back roster by signing boyhood Newcastle fan, Lewis Hall.
With that in mind it seems that Fulham thought they’d try a cheeky move for Targett to bring him back to the club for a second loan spell after previously playing at Craven Cottage in 2018 while on loan from Southampton.
TeamTalk goes on to suggest that Eddie Howe is adamant that Targett is still a big part of his plans this season and as such the approach from Fulham was flat out rejected.
Maybe if a club came in with a transfer offer rather than a loan Howe’s stance would change, but for now Matt Targett isn’t going anywhere and that makes me happy. I think the lad missed out a lot last season through no fault of his own and can still be a useful member of the squad.
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