Amid a busy transfer window, Newcastle United are eyeing a promising signing in the coming days. As revealed by The Athletic, the Eddie Howe-led club are in talks to sign 18-year-old left-back Lewis Hall from Chelsea.
Although Chelsea Hall recently secured a long-term contract, Newcastle’s interest in the young talent has not waned. Although several Newcastle takeover attempts have been rejected over the summer, negotiations appear to be picking up steam again.
The signing Newcastle aim to complete in the next few days
Chelsea originally intended to loan Hall out to Crystal Palace on loan. However, the young England youth international seems to be in a permanent exit trend. Rumor has it that the prospect of regular appearances under Eddie Howe and the chance to play in the Champions League this season were key factors in his decision.
There is also an emotional narrative woven into this story as Lewis Hall grew up a Newcastle fan. Being able to wear the jersey of his heart team seems to have influenced his willingness to join the club.
At Chelsea, competition for the left-back position is fierce, with Ben Chilwell taking the lead and being supported by the likes of Ian Maatsen and Marc Cucurella. In addition, the recent acquisition of Everton’s Ishe Samuels-Smith has further increased competition. This, coupled with Hall’s desire for a new challenge, has paved the way for his eventual departure from the London club.
However, Chelsea appear reluctant to let their promising youngster go without proper compensation. The club are rumored to be asking a transfer fee of around £35million to facilitate Lewis Hall’s transfer to Newcastle United.
With the transfer window drawing to a close, the next few days will be crucial to see if Newcastle can successfully complete this deal and secure the arrival of a young talent who could add a new dimension to their squad.