July 16, 2024

Newcastle United are anxious to bring a left-sided centre-back to St James’ Park this summer after Sven Botman’s long-term injury.
Newcastle United are expecting to have an advantage when it comes to recruiting AFC Bournemouth striker Lloyd Kelly this summer.

The 25-year-old will depart the Cherries this summer once his contract expires at the Vitality Stadium. The left-sided centre-back is seen as an ideal substitute for injured United star Sven Botman.

While Kelly is being pursued by a number of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, as well as abroad clubs like as Monaco and Stuttgart, the defender would be joining Eddie Howe, a manager he knows well.
Before leaving Bournemouth, Howe made his opinions about Kelly obvious after finding him at Bristol City and spending a bargain £13 million to recruit him. Howe said in 2020: “With Lloyd, I honestly believe he’s got everything he needs to be a top, top player. His professional future lies ahead of him. If he can avoid injury, he can accomplish so many great things.”


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Newcastle chiefs are wary of FFP and PSR laws, and it is evident that they may benefit from a high-profile free move like Kelly to free up finances for other aspects of their recruitment drive. United have been looking at centre-backs in recent weeks, but with hours and hours of research previously done by scout Andy Howe during his time at Bournemouth, United’s management staff knows they will have an easy win if they can sign him.

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