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Steve Bruce admits Matty Longstaff will go out on loan, amid Sheffield United links

Reported Sheffield United target Matty Longstaff will be leaving Newcastle United on loan this summer, manager Steve Bruce has admitted.

United are being linked with a move for Longstaff as Slavisa Jokanovic looks to bolster his midfield options. The Northern Echo claimed that the Blades, as well as Nottingham Forest, were potential destinations for Longstaff.

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And speaking again to the Northern Echo, Magpies boss Bruce has said he’s hoping to see Longstaff move out on loan in the next few days.

“It’s (a loan) something that we’ve decided might be best for Matty. I’ve had that conversation with him. We’ll see in the next week, but we’ve had one or two inquiries. We’re hoping something will happen with him in the next couple of days,” Bruce said.

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Longstaff has not quite kicked on since he scored a stunning debut goal against Manchester United in 2019. The Blades’ interest is also nothing brand new. Back in 2020, Longstaff was also said to be on Chris Wilder’s radar.

With the Blades yet to win in the Championship this season, Jokanovic is in desperate need of new recruits.

Our View: Longstaff could be what United need, hopefully we are one of the clubs involved

The midfield three this season just has not worked at all. Sander Berge has shown glimpses at times but still looks some way off full fitness. Oli Norwood, while still demanding the ball, is not at his best. John Fleck, meanwhile, has looked a shadow of his former self for some time now.

Longstaff’s energy, ability with the ball, and willingness to hit a shot from distance is something this Blades team needs. And with Adlene Guedioura also thought to be on his way to the club, the pair would improve matters.

This transfer window has been painstaking for United fans. Let’s hope, then, that the final week or so can at least bring us some joy.

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