Dundee United have denied making a move for one of Newcastle United’s promising young players.
Sunday saw the Chronicle claim that Newcastle had received an offer from Dundee United to take promising young midfielder Sean Longstaff on loan for a year.
After a dismal 2015/16 season which saw them relegated after finishing eight points adrift of Lee Clark’s Kilmarnock, Dundee United are looking for new signings to help them bounce straight back.
They report that Sean Longstaff was simply one of a long list of players recommended to Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon and that the Newcastle midfielder was quickly discounted, with McKinnon looking to bring in more experienced players, having already brought in 26 year old midfielder Stewart Murdoch from Ross County.
Sean Longstaff turns 19 in October and has came through the youth set-up at United, scoring freely for the Under 21s/Under 18s as an attacking midfielder in 2014/15 but scored only two goals last season when used in a more defensive midfield position
Signing a new two year deal recently, it will be interesting to see where the young Geordie ends up, with Newcastle being increasingly proactive in getting young players out on loan for first team football.
Dundee United is where Newcastle United coach Ian Cathro first made his name when in charge of youth development there.
Cathro being the only one of Steve McClaren’s backroom staff to survive when the Head Coach was relieved of his duties in March.