MATT Targett has completed a permanent return to Newcastle United leaving Premier League rivals Aston Villa after the £15 million clause in his loan deal was triggered.

The 26-year-old, who has put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal at the club, spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park making 16 appearances helping the Magpies climb away from the Premier League relegation zone.

Targett declared his desire to complete a permanent move back to Tyneside after enjoying the second half of the season with the club. After talks were initiated this week, the defender was able to complete a medical yesterday sealing his return back to the Magpies.

The left-back began his career at Southampton making 63 appearances before joining Villa in the summer of 2019 helping them to Premier League safety in their first season back.

Following Lucas Digne's move to Villa in January cut short his game time in the Midlands, Newcastle moved to bring Targett to St James' Park where he has been a first-team regular.

The left-back said: "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.

"I spoke with the manager just before the Burnley game and he said he wanted to sign me. After the last game of the season, it was quiet for a bit and then about a week ago, it started to liven up.

"We've been back and forth but now I'm over the moon that we have got it done."

Head coach Eddie Howe said: "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."