Just in!!! Newcastle identify new ‘top target’ and two back-up options

According to Mark Douglas at iNews, Newcastle United have identified Chelsea’s Lewis Hall as our top left-back target.

This backs up our NUFCBlog exclusive released in mid July, where we were the first outlet to reveal our interest in the 18-year-old talent, with Eddie Howe a huge fan of his versatility, robustness and quality.

A month on, Douglas reports that he ‘ticks all the boxes’ in our search for a new left-back and has now been prioritised by the club’s recruitment team, who are open to securing him on a permanent deal or initial loan which includes an obligation to buy.

It remains to be seen if Chelsea will sanction a sale or if any deal would work within Newcastle’s FFP limits, so it’s thought Blues full-back Marc Cucurella and Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney are back-up options who could be available on loan-to-buy deals should we fail to land Hall.

Hall is a boyhood Toon fan whose dad, brother and grandfather all support Newcastle. The i also report that he’s ‘open’ to a move to St James’ Park, but would ask for a ‘substantial wage bump’ should we strike a deal with Chelsea.

Lewis Hall emerging as #nufc left-back target.

Other targets but England under-21 man ticks all the boxes: https://t.co/hcuiuQvhci

— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) August 16, 2023


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