Matt Targett had a successful loan spell at Newcastle last season

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett for £15m on a four-year deal.

The 26-year-old joined Eddie Howe’s side on loan last season, moving to St James’ Park in January.

He made 16 Premier League appearances, during which Newcastle won 10 games, lifting them from the bottom three to finish 11th.

“I’m absolutely delighted to sign a four-year contract with this club,” said Targett.

“For me, it was an easy decision to make the loan permanent after the welcome I had from my fellow players, the staff, the supporters and the owners so I’m really happy to be here.”

The fee for Targett was £15m but £2m had already been paid as a loan fee last season.

Howe added: “Matt had a fantastic impact after joining on loan in January and made a big contribution to some excellent team performances.

“He is a great lad and a top professional who undoubtedly makes us stronger so I’m delighted he sees his future here.”

Targett made the loan move after Aston Villa signed Lucas Digne from Everton for £25m.

Howe is also targeting a forward and a centre-back in the summer transfer window.

Talks have been held with Stade de Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, while there have been links with Lille centre-back Sven Botman and Manchester City defender Nathan Ake.

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