Why Lloyd Kelly favours Newcastle move over Liverpool

Bournemouth’s in-demand defender Lloyd Kelly is leaning towards a move to Newcastle at the end of his contract this summer.

Earlier in the week, according French outlet Foot Mercato  that verbal agreement had been reached on a free transfer. 

Although reports of a completed deal have been dampened down by the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards. It is anyways established that left-sided Kelly remains on the Magpies’ list.

Why LLoyd Kelly prefers Magpies over Liverpool

He’s capable of playing at left back or the left side of central defence. Kelly’s signing from Bristol City back in 2019 was overseen by Richard Hughes, the incoming Liverpool sporting director. He was then the south coast side’s Technical Director. 

He cost Bournemouth around £13 million and has been a consistent performer whenever he is fit for the Cherries.

Kelly was seen as an attractive option for a host of top clubs. With Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Juventus and AC Milan all linked with his signature.

Although Spurs and Liverpool were in ‘advanced discussions’ for Kelly, it now appears Newcastle are in pole position.

The reason for Kelly’s link-up with former Bournemouth manager Howe has now been revealed. 

Kelly is attracted by Newcastle’s offer of a longer contract. As well as a better prospect of playing first-team football next season. 

Newcastle United have been subject to a defensive injury crisis this season. Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles both have had their campaigns ended early due to ACL injuries. 

Newcastle United would like to boost their defensive options for next season. Kelly would be the ideal fit for their side being versatile and very astute technically.

Eddie Howe would love to have such kind of players and good squad depth if they are to compete wth the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

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