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Newcastle United agree to loan Lewis Hall from Chelsea before permanent deal next summer

Newcastle have agreed to take Chelsea’s Lewis Hall on a season-long loan and will purchase him out next summer.

In November 2022, the 18-year-old made his Premier League debut for the Blues in a 1-0 loss at Newcastle.

Hall will join St James’ Park on loan for the time being, and a fee of £28 million plus £7 million in add-ons to sign him permanently will be activated next summer.

“He’s a player I like – very versatile with really good potential,” Newcastle boss Eddie Howe remarked.

Before the agreement was announced, Howe stated that if Hall joins the Magpies, he will be the club’s final signing of the summer, barring any injuries.

The agreement for academy graduate Hall includes a sell-on clause for Chelsea in the event that he leaves Newcastle.

The England Under-21 international is best known for his work as a left-back, but he has also played on the wing and in midfield for Chelsea.

He appeared in 11 games for Chelsea last season, including nine in the Premier League, and is the club’s Academy Player of the Year for 2023.

Mauricio Pochettino, the new manager of Chelsea, has overhauled the squad this summer, allowing 13 players to leave permanently and four to go on loan.

Meanwhile, Newcastle has spent around £130 million this summer on Sandro Tonali, Harvey Barnes, Tino Livramento, and Yankuba Minteh.

Tonali, who joined from AC Milan, scored on his debut in Newcastle’s 5-1 win over Aston Villa at St James’ Park on Saturday, while Barnes also scored in his first league appearance for the Magpies after joining from Leicester.

“The start is hugely important because it settles everyone down,” Howe said of Tonali’s impact. When he scored, you could see the emotion in his face.

“The rest of his performance was excellent after that.” Hopefully, he can now feel the love of his fans and make an instant connection, which can only help him.”

Newcastle’s next Premier League opponent is Manchester City, who visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday at 20:00 BST.

Newcastle have lost 17 of their last 19 league visits to City, and Howe is hoping for a better performance against the Premier League champions, who beat Sevilla on penalties to win the Uefa Super Cup on Wednesday.

“They went into a tough game [in the Super Cup] desperate to win, and you could see it in their reactions afterwards.” This is not a team that will rest on its laurels. “They’ll be prepared for us, so we’re expecting a really good game,” Howe said.

“We want to become a top team consistently in the Premier League and to do that we have to have a clear identity and try to implement that on other teams.”


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