Newcastle United have dropped three players from their Premier League squad for the second half of the season. The three omissions were revealed when Newcastle United confirmed their 25-man squad for the remainder of the season last week. All the 20 Premier League teams including Newcastle United confirmed their 25-man squad to the league body on the back of the recently concluded winter transfer window. The latest winter transfer window ended last week Monday.

Englishman Isaac Hayden, Republic of Ireland international central defender Ciaran Clark and Northern Ireland left-back Jamal Lewis were the three players cut from the new Premier League squad at Newcastle United to accommodate the new players. The Magpies signed five players during the aforementioned winter transfer window. The new players are Brazil international Bruno Guimares, Englishman Matt Targett, New Zealand international striker Chris Wood, English utility defender Dan Burn and England international Kieran Trippier.

Trippier was the first signing after he joined from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in a £12m deal. New Zealander Wood followed Trippier to St. James Park after the club paid the £25m release clause in his contract at Burnley. The other three players were signed in the final two days of the winter transfer window last month.

A lot of football stakeholders were surprised when Newcastle United won the race to sign Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimares from French giants Lyon with fellow English top flight side Arsenal also keen on the player. The Magpies paid a little over £34m for the player and the transfer could go over the £40m mark if conditions for the add-ons are met. The other two players signed by the Magpies last month are Dan Burn and Matt Targett from Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa. Newcastle United paid around £12m to sign Burn from the Seagulls, while Targett is a loanee from Villa.

The arrival of Targett pushed Lewis out of the 25-man squad, while the arrival of Burn meant that Clark won’t be part of the 25-man squad. On his part, Hayden missed out on the 25-man squad to accommodate the arrival of Guimares from Lyon.

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