Newcastle could sell £20m man if they sign

Newcastle United are being linked with signing AC Milan superstar Theo Hernandez, and that could be bad news for Matt Targett.

That is the view of Sky Sports presenter and Toon fan Pete Graves, who has wrote about what is next for Newcastle in the transfer market following the Sandro Tonali deal.

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Eddie Howe is keen to sign a new left-back, with Newcastle heavily rumoured to be signing Kieran Tierney from Arsenal. However, talk of a move has gone quiet, with the Magpies believing he is overpriced at £30million.

That has forced the Toon recruitment team to look elsewhere, and it appears they have stumbled across someone during their trip to Italy.

A deal for Tonali is done, but now Newcastle could go for a man who he shared a dressing room with for the past three years. It has been reported that the Magpies are interested in Hernandez, who was a runner-up at the 2022 World Cup with France.

The 25-year-old is an incredibly exciting target, but one that will come at a lofty price. Milan reportedly want £68million for Hernandez, which would make him Newcastle’s new record signing.

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Signing Hernandez seems unlikely with that high an asking price, but if the unimaginable does happen and he does join Newcastle, it could be the end of the road for a man who Howe signed permanently last summer.

Theo Hernandez in, Matt Targett out

Graves has wrote about Newcastle’s interest in Hernandez in an article for Sky Sports, and believes that a deal would lead to Targett being sold.

“At left-back, I know they’ve been linked with AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez,” he wrote.

“If they signed someone of his experience, they would have to let Matt Targett leave.”

It would be a shock if Targett leaves Newcastle

Targett has not had much luck since joining Newcastle permanently for £15million last summer. He lost his place in the starting XI to Dan Burn and was never able to win it back. Now he could slip further down the pecking order to a marquee recruit.

In truth, it feels unlikely that Hernandez, or someone else of his calibre, will arrive at St James’ Park.

But it is a warning to Targett, who could suddenly be fighting for his future on Tyneside. He will be keen to get a good pre-season under his belt, where hopefully he can force his way back into Howe’s side.

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