Leeds United are plotting a move for Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff, according to Mike McGrath in the Telegraph.
The 20-year-old is out of contract in the summer and could be signed by Leeds for a compensation fee – thought to be around £400,000.
He’s also said to have interest from overseas clubs who would pay Newcastle less in compensation.
Player with promise
Newcastle are a club in crisis again after a big-money takeover collapsed this summer.
According to Sky Sports, Matty Longstaff has been on an £850-a-week Academy contract, despite playing for the first team and scoring twice against Man United this season.
They claim he’s been offered a “lucrative” five-year contract at Udinese after turning down a £15k-a-week offer from Newcastle.
The Udinese offer is double that and Leeds would likely have to go to near that to tempt him to stay in the Premier League.
Steve Bruce wants to keep him and says the club has done everything possible to keep the talented youngster at St James’ Park.
However, it does look like he’s going to be on the move – and the collapsed takeover and another season under the watch of Mike Ashley isn’t going to help him change his mind.
Longstaff is an England Under-20 international and anyone that can find the net against Man United is a friend of ours.
MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson said of Longstaff and his possible move: “He has scored some important goals and Newcastle would not get a great compensation fee for him.
“To lose a player of that quality for that price would not be great. It is still so early in his career and he would be moving into the unknown. I think he would be a lot better playing in this country.”
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