Door opens for Newcastle to complete Tierney deal after sit-down talks

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

8th Jul, 2023 | 8:00pm

Sources: Door opens for Newcastle to complete Kieran Tierney deal after sit-down talks

Kieran Tierney is the top left-back target for Newcastle following Antonee Robinson’s decision to sign a new five-year Fulham deal, sources have told Football Insider.

Football Insider first revealed Newcastle’s interest in Robinson, 25, back in February – with Eddie Howe targetting an attack-minded left-back option with more pace than Dan Burn.

But the Magpies are now exploring a move for Tierney – whose future at Arsenal remains unclear despite the start of the 2023-24 campaign rapidly approaching.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week (6 July) that the Scotland international is set to hold a conversation with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to finalise whether or not he will stay at the Emirates – which could open the door to a bid from the Tyneside club.

Newcastle are in pole position to land his signature and the defender is believed to be top of Eddie Howe’s shortlist for a new addition at left-back.

Meanwhile, Premier League champions Man City have also sounded out the possibility of a deal.

Game time was been hard to come by for the defender last term as a result of injury issues and the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City last summer (2022), a left-back who is more suited to Arteta’s style.

He notched one goal and two assists in 36 appearances across all competitions this term, but started in just 15 of those outings.

Tierney made 36 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions last season and was in the starting lineup for 15 of those outings.

Newcastle’s current left-back options are Dan Burn and Matt Targett – and Howe is keen to add more quality with Champions League football on the schedule in the 2023-24 campaign.

Football Insider revealed on Friday (7 July) that Newcastle are planning to complete their summer business with deals for a left-back, centre-back and wide forward.

In other news, Newcastle set to sell first-team star to make room for Harvey Barnes.