Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie has given the reasons why Newcastle United failed with their expected move for Southampton defender Matt Targett.
Newcastle United were widely expected to be very busy during the summer transfer deadline day but as it turned out, the Magpies did not bring in a single player to St. James’ Park during the usually busy 24 hours.
Many names had been linked with a switch to Newcastle during throughout the day and it seemed like the Magpies would surely be bringing in Southampton defender Matt Targett on loan in order to provide cover for the left-back position, especially given the injury crisis currently at St. James’ Park.
Despite the move being on the verge of completion, it evidently failed to come into fruition at the end and Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie has gone on to give his insight as to why the transfer did not take place by stating that Targett wanted only a six month loan while Newcastle wanted him for a whole season.
Downie stated on Twitter, “Understand Matt Targett wanted a 6 month loan but Newcastle wanted him for the season. That’s where the talks broke down.”
Football writer Daniel Storey, on the other hand, claimed Newcastle’s refusal to agree to a loan fee was why the move did not come into fruition. He stated, “Matt Targett’s loan to Newcastle off because Newcastle won’t pay a loan fee. Penny for Benitez’s thoughts.”