Newcastle transfer news: Lloyd Kelly completes free transfer from Bournemouth | football news

Newcastle have made Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly their first new signing of the summer with the move taking place on July 1.

The 25-year-old, who can play in both central defense and left back, will be reunited with manager Eddie Howe, who was responsible for bringing him to the Vitality Stadium from Bristol City in 2019 during his tenure down south. coast.

Kelly, who has signed “a long-term contract”, played 23 games in the Premier League last season as Bournemouth exceeded expectations by finishing 12th with their most points in the top flight.

He told the club’s website: “It’s amazing to come here. “I know how big the club is and how much it means to all the fans, and I just want to hit the ground running and get to work.

“It’s a big change for me and my family – of course being in the south is a bit different, but I think the city of Newcastle is amazing, with the contrast between city and country life.”

The England under-21 international leaves having played 141 times for Bournemouth in all competitions.

Howe’s side came close to securing European football for next season after finishing seventh, missing out on a place in the Europa Conference League after Manchester United beat rivals City in the FA Cup final last month. .

It marked a drop from fourth place and qualification for the Champions League in 2022-23 in what had been the former Cherries boss’ first full season in charge.

The campaign was severely disrupted by an injury crisis which saw several key players miss significant parts of the season, while restrictions placed on spending by the Premier League’s sustainability and profit regulations have restricted the club’s ambition. Build a team with greater depth.

Howe said: “I am very pleased to have secured Lloyd’s signature. He is a player who has proven himself in the Premier League and I am sure he will be a great addition as we prepare for the new season.

“Lloyd is a player I have admired since the early stages of his career. In addition to his undoubted defensive ability, he brings versatility and leadership qualities that I believe will make him a great fit for our team and someone who our fans will quickly embrace.

“He already has a lot of Premier League experience under his belt, but Lloyd is at an age where he can still develop. He has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”

Why Newcastle wanted Kelly

Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam:

“Newcastle are already busy in this summer’s transfer window and Eddie Howe will bring in a player he previously signed while at Bournemouth in the summer of 2019 from Bristol City.

“It’s a free transfer so it will help them financially. At 25, he’s the perfect age. It’s a no-brainer as he’s someone Howe knows and the player has worked with him before.

“We know there was a lot of interest from Serie A, with some big Italian clubs following him and one or two more in the Premier League monitoring his situation, but Newcastle won the race for his signature. He made 120 starts in the league throughout of his five years, one year at Bournemouth and 23 Premier League appearances last season, so he has plenty of top-flight experience.

“We know that certain clubs are under very strict financial parameters regarding PSR. He is versatile, athletic, 6ft 2in tall and can play all over the backline.

“He is a former captain of Bournemouth, which shows a lot about his characteristics and his personality. He is a leader and a very popular boy. He always trained hard there and gave everything for the football club.

“He wanted to join Newcastle as much as they wanted him, so that will endear him to their fans. I think he could potentially be a very good signing for them.”

He 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League officially opens on Friday, June 14, the same day that Euro 2024 begins.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time.

The Premier League has brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the rest of Europe’s major leagues. The deadlines were set after discussions with the leagues of England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

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