With the rumour mill at Southampton seeing a return of Matt Targett speculation this summer and further strong links to Aston Villa, on Friday it was being claimed that talks had now been opened between the clubs after the Midlands outfit had now submitted a formal bid.
The report from Sky Sports was pretty thin when it came to real details and they didn’t speculate what Villa’s opening bid was supposedly worth to us, simply that it had now led to formal talks over a potential deal opening up between the sides.
This does fly somewhat in the face of the above report from last week which suggested that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had decided to lead with our Academy graduate and would instead look to move Ryan Bertrand on but the Mirror’s James Nursey seems to be confident that a deal will now be struck, claiming that Targett has expressed a desire to finally move on.
#AVFC slapped in a bid for Southampton's Matt Targett. See @MirrorFootball 's live blog https://t.co/w3hhvN9JUl IMO good chance of this deal getting done as Targett wants to go & Saints promised to reassess his future this summer when refused to sell him 1 yr ago to Fulham
— James Nursey (@JamesNursey) June 28, 2019
I suppose we’ll simply have to see what happens.
The news kicked up a gear on Saturday morning with the Telegraph reporting that a £14million fee had been agreed between both clubs, and confirmation of the deal was set to come through at some point this weekend.
Southampton and Aston Villa have agreed a £14m fee for Matt Targett, rising to £17m including add-ons. Expect the deal for the left-back to go through this weekend. Good business for Saints; solid long term investment for AVFC
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 29, 2019