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Newcastle and Leeds make signings
Newcastle have completed the permanent signing of Matt Targett from Aston Villa for £15m after a successful loan spell.
Targett, 26, has signed a four-year contract at St James’ Park and is the first signing in what is expected to be a busy summer for the Magpies.
He made 16 appearances after temporarily joining the club in January as they finished 11th in the Premier League and admitted it was an easy decision to make.
Targett said: “For me it was an easy decision to make the loan permanent after the welcome I’ve had from my fellow players, staff, supporters and owners so I’m really happy to be back. ‘be here.”
Leeds have also been busy in the transfer market, bringing in RB Salzburg right-back Rasmus Kristensen on a five-year deal.
The Whites paid an undisclosed fee for the 24-year-old, who played under Jesse Marsch at the Austrian champions.
The Denmark international has revealed that many of his neighbors growing up were Leeds fans.
Kristensen said: “It’s a huge historic club playing in the best league in the world and for me that’s everything I love about a club football.
“I know a lot about the club, where I’m from, a small village, most of my dad’s buddies are Leeds fans.”
Crystal Palace have extended the contracts of four players until the summer of 2023.
Jordan Ayew, Nathaniel Clyne, James McArthur and James Tomkins have all tied their futures to the Selhurst Park club.
The quartet made a combined 677 appearances for Palace and chairman Steve Parish was delighted with the business done.
The Eagles chief said: “He remains critically important to getting the right balance of youth and experience in any Premier League team.
“I am delighted that we have been able to ensure that these long-serving and experienced players in Jordan, Nathaniel, James and James, remain with us for the next campaign.
“Each of them has played a huge role in the progress we’ve all enjoyed over the past year, and we expect similar contributions for the coming season.”
Palace have also confirmed that they are in talks with Cheikhou Kouyate, who sees his contract expire at the end of the month.
Alonso still plans to move to Spain
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has reiterated his desire to play football again in his native Spain.
The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer transfer window.
He last played in Spanish football in the 2009-10 campaign, appearing 28 times for Real Madrid Castilla and once for the first team.
Although the eight-cap international is hoping for a swansong at Camp Nou, he conceded that might not be possible.
He said: “I have a year left on my contract, but in the end it’s not entirely up to me.
“It is clear that the desire to play in Spain one day is there.”
The Blues have already lost centre-back Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid on a free transfer with fellow defenders Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta also linked with a Barca switch.
Charlton have appointed Swindon boss Ben Garner as their new manager as they seek promotion from League One next season.
There has already been a lot of movement in the lower leagues this offseason and the Addicks have finally confirmed Garner, 42, as their new boss.
Garner guided Swindon to the League Two play-offs last season and jumped at the chance to manage in a higher league.
“It’s fantastic to be here. I’m really happy and can’t wait to get started,” he said.
“Charlton is a massive football club, both in terms of history and tradition and equally important in terms of potential and scope for the future.”
Elsewhere, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink opted to stay at Burton despite some interest from Barnsley.
The ex-Chelsea star said: “It’s always flattering to be approached by other clubs and given new opportunities, but I’ve always been very happy at Burton and grateful for the chairman’s support. .”