Matty Longstaff is a target for Nottingham Forest but he’s also wanted by Everton, according to a print edition of The Mirror (Page 54).
The Newcastle United midfielder has fallen way down the pecking order under Steve Bruce. He made just five appearances in the Premier League last season and was often not included in the squad.
Now, the manager is prepared to let him go on loan. Several Championship clubs are keen to sign him, with Forest, Sheffield United and Huddersfield thought to be in the mix.
Longstaff earns £24,000-a-week and whichever club does decide to take him to the Championship is likely to need a hand with such a salary.
Everton probably wouldn’t though. Rafa Benitez is keen to raid his form club. The younger of the two Longstaff brothers was only coming through the ranks when the Spaniard was in charge at St James’ Park.
It does seem odd that Everton would want the younger Longstaff. Benitez gave his brother Sean his Newcastle debut but given how long it’s been since Matty played that move would seem odd.
Forest chances of getting Longstaff do seem slim
Given that Forest haven’t started the season particularly well and the clutch of clubs interested, the chances of Longstaff rocking up at the City Ground look slim.
Indeed, if Benitez wants him and is willing to take a chance on him it could become a foregone conclusion.
A Championship loan would be ideal for Longstaff. Right now, he needs to play football and Forest could certainly benefit from his presence in the midfield engine room.
James Garner remains a target, although it’s unclear at this stage what Manchester United will do with him.
Longstaff would be a decent alternative. However, Everton’s interest could leave Forest powerless, and it could be a case of back to the drawing board.