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Newcastle transfer news: Lewis Hall completes move from Chelsea in deal worth up to £35m

Newcastle have signed Lewis Hall from Chelsea; 18-year-old had recently agreed in principle a new contract at Stamford Bridge; Hall, a boyhood Newcastle fan, said: "I'm very proud. It's a big club and I can't wait to get started"

Lewis Hall signs for Newcastle United
Image: Newcastle have signed Chelsea defender Lewis Hall

Newcastle have completed the transfer of Lewis Hall from Chelsea on loan with an obligation to buy in deal worth up to £35m. 

The club will pay £28m to Chelsea on completion of the season-long loan, with potential £7m in add-ons.

Hall, a boyhood Newcastle fan, said: "I'm very proud. Me and my family are Newcastle fans, and for me and my brother growing up, it was drilled into us that we were Newcastle. It's a big club and I can't wait to get started.

"I got a lot of experience last year in some big fixtures and I was really proud of the way I progressed as a player and a person. To now be here at Newcastle, the club that I've supported since I was a kid, I'm honoured and very proud to wear this shirt.

"It's very exciting. When you look back on last season and the way the team performed - not just the results, but the performances the team were putting in - it was amazing.

"There's so many talented players and we've got the Champions League now as well so there's many different competitions that I know the team will be wanting to do well in, and hopefully get a trophy or two as well."

The deferred payment allows Newcastle to comply with FFP restrictions this summer. Howe said last week that they would have to be creative to sign another player.

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The 18-year-old recently agreed in principle a new long-term contract with the Blues. Hall, who has featured for England U21s, made his Premier League debut for Chelsea last season and went on to make nine appearances in the top flight.

Head coach Eddie Howe said: "I'm delighted to welcome Lewis to Newcastle United. He is a player we have tracked closely, as have a number of clubs, so it's very pleasing to secure him and to add a player of his quality, versatility and high potential to our squad.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved for their tireless work to bring in the players we have.

"A lot of time, effort and resource goes into a transfer window, but we have a real togetherness at all levels here and I appreciate that teamwork and support."

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Last week, Sky Sports News reported Newcastle retained an interest in Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney.

The 26-year-old was left out of the matchday squad for the season opener against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

Matters have been complicated with new Gunners signing Jurrien Timber facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the 2-1 victory against Forest.

However, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hinted in his press conference ahead of his side's Monday Night Football game against Crystal Palace that the Scotland international was still part of his plans going forward.

"He played the [Community Shield] final, no? A player that plays five days before in the final is part of the plans, for sure.

"I hope so [he is disappointed to be left out of league squad]."

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Inter target Chalobah out for a few weeks

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior, left, shoots the ball next to Chelsea's Trevoh Chalobah during the Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Chelsea at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Real Madrid won 2-0. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)
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Trevoh Chalobah is expected to be out for a few more weeks with a hamstring problem.

The Chelsea centre-back hobbled off during the pre-season game against Fulham in the USA and his injury has now been fully assessed.

Chalobah's injury is not serious, and he is expected to be back to full fitness before the end of the transfer window - opening up the possibility of a move towards the end of August.

Chalobah's future has been uncertain this summer, with huge competition for places in Mauricio Pochettino's plans.

The club have two left-footed centre-backs in Benoit Badiashile and Levi Colwill.

Chalobah has interest from other clubs and Chelsea may be willing to listen to offers in the final weeks of the window.

Sky in Italy say he is on the list at Inter Milan along with a number of other Premier League centre-backs.

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The transfer window opened on June 14, but who will be on the move this summer ahead of the deadline at 11pm on September 1 in England and at midnight in Scotland?

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

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