Newcastle sign Chelsea teen with just 8 EPL starts in reported £35M deal
Lewis Hall has joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea that includes an obligation for the Magpies to sign the defender permanently next summer, the northeast side announced Tuesday.
The clubs have been in talks over a move for the 18-year-old academy graduate, with Newcastle reportedly agreeing to pay their Premier League rivals £28 million plus £7 million in add-ons.
Hall signed a new six-year contract to stay at Stamford Bridge earlier in August but Newcastle's interest has led Chelsea to part with a defender who made 11 first-team appearances last season, including nine in the Premier League.
Boyhood Newcastle fan Hall told the club's website: "I'm very proud. Me and my family are Newcastle fans, and for me and my brother growing up, it was drilled into us that we were Newcastle. It's a big club and I can't wait to get started.
"I got a lot of experience last year in some big fixtures and I was really proud of the way I progressed as a player and a person. To now be here at Newcastle, the club that I've supported since I was a kid, I'm honoured and very proud to wear this shirt."
He added: "It's very exciting. When you look back on last season and the way the team performed - not just the results, but the performances the team were putting in - it was amazing.
"There's so many talented players and we've got the Champions League now as well so there's many different competitions that I know the team will be wanting to do well in, and hopefully get a trophy or two as well."