Nottingham Forest are one of several clubs keen on signing Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon. It is claimed by the Chronicle Live that Derby, Blackburn and Sheffield United are also keen.
The 21-year-old has fallen way down the pecking order under Steve Bruce at St James’ Park. Last season he made just five appearances in the Premier League, equating to 377 minutes of action.
He wasn’t in the Newcastle squad for Sunday’s game with West Ham United. The Magpies went down 4-2 and now, Longstaff could be on his way out of the club.
Forest will face lots of competition for his signature. The Reds are, however, lining up an alternative to James Garner, with Manchester United still undecided on a loan move for the 20-year-old.
Longstaff burst onto the scene in October 2019. He scored the winner against the Red Devils to give Newcastle a memorable 1-0 win. He also scored during a defeat at Old Trafford during the same campaign.
His career hasn’t really kicked on though. He was linked with a move to Udinese at one part and although Newcastle managed to get him to sign a new deal, Bruce has never really fancied him.
Longstaff will be out of contract during the summer of 2020. That makes for an interesting element in Forest trying to sign him.
If he does well there is every chance of a permanent deal and at 21 he’s still seen as a player with bags of unfulfilled potential.
Forest have to move quickly to land Longstaff
Forest’s need to add to their midfield ranks is evident. Ryan Yates and Jack Colback are seemingly far too similar and a different option is certainly required.
Longstaff typifies a box-to-box midfielder. He tackles well, can spray passes about and isn’t afraid to get forward and help out in the final third either.
As a result, he looks like a nice fit for Chris Hughton’s team and Forest must move quickly to stop their Championship counterparts stealing in for his signature.