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Newcastle agree £28m deal to sign Lewis Hall – EPLheadlines

Lewis Hall had agreed a six-year deal but Chelsea thought the fee was too good to turn down, given their financial situation

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sell Newcastle United the teenager Lewis Hall for an initial fee of around £28 million with the potential for it to go higher, just weeks after the club offered him a new six-year contract.

Chelsea are looking for a sale for the 18-year-old, who has played just 12 first team games, having originally indicated that they were prepared to loan him to a Premier League club this season for his development.


Hall now represents one of the club’s best hopes of earning transfer income as they seek to ensure they are compliant with spending rules. Under the new Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital led consortium the club have spent more than £900 million in fees and broken the British transfer record in each of the previous windows.

Hall, already an England Under-21, and another fine prospect from the Cobham academy, joins Mason Mount in departing the club this summer, with a good chance that Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah will also leave.

Hall agreed a six-year contract at Chelsea with a year extra this summer that would have taken him to 2030. The original plan was to build his career there, but the club have now decided that the fee on offer was too good to turn down.

He was originally headed to Crystal Palace on loan for the season. Chelsea’s change of strategy came after the club found itself paying £115 million for Moises Caicedo from Brighton – breaking its own British record transfer fee. It was the second major change in the aftermath of that deal, with Chelsea also scrapping the move to sign Tyler Adams from Leeds United for around £20 million.

The player does face competition in the left-back position from England international Ben Chilwell, Marc Cucurella and fellow academy graduate Ian Maatsen, although his early development suggests he had the ability and the time to overhaul them all. Hall has played much of his junior football in central midfield. Newcastle have taken the opportunity to get one of the most highly-rated players of his English cohort.

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