Ryan Fraser's laugh and telling four-word response makes Newcastle United wish clear

Ryan Fraser has vowed to try his 'best' to make his loan move from Newcastle United to Southampton permanent.

Fraser played his part in Southampton winning promotion back to the Premier League after starting the Saints' 1-0 win against Leeds United in the Championship play-off final last week. The victory at Wembley capped a productive loan spell for Fraser, who was directly involved in 11 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for the Saints this season.

After the game, Fraser wrote on Instagram that 'hopefully we can spend next season together making more history' as the Scot enters the final 12 months of his contract at Newcastle. When asked by the Daily Echo if he will be a Southampton player next season, the 30-year-old laughed before declaring: "I'll try my best."

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Whatever happens this summer, Fraser has surely played his last game for Newcastle. Fraser was banished to the under-21s after Eddie Howe 'concentrated on players that are committed to Newcastle' in a decision the Magpies boss took for the 'benefit of the group'.

Fraser, who still has roots on the South Coast from his time at Bournemouth, 'pushed like everything' to join Southampton and reunite with former Scotland team-mate Russell Martin last summer following his fallout with Howe.

"It's, obviously, a little bit awkward now after what happened," he previously said. "We're probably not on the best of terms, but I don't regret anything we have done together.

"He was unbelievable with me. I did well for him. I learned as a player from him. It's sad how it ended but, at the same time, it's ended now and I'll always cherish the years that we had."