We can’t have nice things. This much is known. Turns out, we can’t have decent things either.
Minutes after reports that a deal had been made and Matt Targett would be making his way to Newcastle, Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has rained on the Toon Parade:
I understand Newcastle's loan move for Southampton's Matt Targett is OFF. In addition, Achraf Lazaar will join Benvento.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 31, 2017
Understand Matt Targett wanted a 6 month loan but Newcastle wanted him for the season. That's where the talks broke down.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 31, 2017
For Newcastle fans hoping that the deal being off meant that another, better deal had been lined up, maybe a deal for Independiente left back Tagliafico, the second tweet indicates that, in fact, the deal fell through due to loan lengths.
This still leaves Newcastle dangerously thin at left back, attacking midfielder and striker. Surely not all these holes will be filled in the next four and a half hours, but hopes that any new players would come over the line are dwindling quickly.