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Three clubs interested in taking Matty Longstaff on loan amid contract talks – Report

12 months ago

Matty Longstaff looks sure to leave Newcastle United, at least on a temporary basis, in the next few days.

Steve Bruce had already stated that the midfielder has to go out on loan for some regular football and a number of clubs are now reported to have registered their interest.

Interest which will hopefully give Matty Longstaff a decent choice when making his decision.

The Daily Record report that Aberdeen have contacted Newcastle United and want to take the 21 year old north of the border on loan, they are now managed by former NUFC winger Stephen Glass.

Meanwhile, The Chronicle say that one-time Newcastle manager Chris Hughton intends to sign Matty Longstaff on loan for Championship side Nottingham Forest. The same newspaper reporting that League One Blackpool are also interested.

Since scoring home and away against Manchester United as a 19 year old in his first four starts, Steve Bruce has almost completely sidelined the young midfielder. Matty Longstaff making only six Premier League starts since scoring at Old Trafford on Boxing Day 2019.

The player has had injury problems as well but more problematic has been Steve Bruce signing some really poor midfielders and stifling the chances available to the likes of Matty Longstaff, even to get on the bench a lot of the time. Nabil Bentaleb was woeful when brought in on loan by Bruce, Jeff Hendrick a similar level.

The Chronicle also report that before going out on loan, Newcastle United want Matty Longstaff to sign a one year contract extension, as currently he will be out of contract at the end of June 2022 and able to leave for nothing.

***Rules on U21 players

If Matty Longstaff does go out on loan (or on a permanent deal), it won’t affect the numbers in the Newcastle United official senior Premier League squad which needs to be finalised once the transfer window ends.

Each PL club needing to then name the 25 senior players eligible to play in the league, something which can’t be changed until we reach the January transfer window.

Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad. For the 2021/22 campaign Under-21 players will have been born on or after 1 January 2000.

This means that as well as Matty Longstaff currently, the likes of Dan Langley, Jack Young, Joe White, Elliot Anderson are extras to the official NUFC senior 25 man squad.


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