Sheffield United are among the clubs interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder, Matty Longstaff, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The Blades are named alongside both Leeds and Italian side, Udinese, in holding an interest in the youngster.#
However, it is believed that Leeds are ready to back away from a deal, meaning Chris Wilder may have a clearer run at landing Longstaff should he wish to pursue a deal.
Longstaff could be available after failing to agree on new terms with the Magpies. Although Steve Bruce wants to keep his young midfield star, the 20-year-old has – as yet – opted against signing fresh terms.
The Blades are seemingly in the market for a couple of new midfield options. John Swift is an ongoing deal that should get over the line, while Glen Kamara from Rangers has also been linked.
John Lundstrsam is expected to leave Bramall Lane after failing to agree to a new contract. That, of course, opens the door for a spot in the squad at United.
Midfield is an obvious area for strengthening, especially the right side – Our View
If Lundstram does go then there could be an argument made that we need more than one new signing this summer in that area.
Wilder will need to replace the five goals the midfielder got while it’s also expected that we might see Sander Berge operate a bit deeper in certain games. Strength in-depth, then, could be key.
Longstaff is an interesting one to come to the fore though. He looked nailed on to stay with Newcastle at one point but it seems to be dragging on and on. If it’s about money, expect Wilder to move on quickly.
But if Longstaff just wants a new challenge, he could be exactly what we are looking for in this summer’s market.