Nottingham Forest are eyeing a move for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, according to The Sun.
The Magpies are willing to let the academy graduate leave on loan and it would seem as though Forest are in pole position.
Longstaff has made 11 appearances for Newcastle this season, scoring a single goal against Watford in September.
Since Eddie Howe arrived at the club, he’s slipped down the pecking order, however, playing for just 19 minutes in a 3-3 draw against Brentford.
Now, with Howe looking to shuffle his pack in January, Longstaff could be allowed to leave the club to free up some space.
The 24-year-old typically operates in central midfield and is more defence-minded than anything Forest currently have.
Longstaff has risen through the academy ranks at Newcastle but at 23 he probably craves regular first-team football now.
In total, the midfielder has played 81 times for the Magpies, scoring five goals and claiming four assists.
Longstaff has also spent time on loan at Blackpool and Kilmarnock previously in his career.
Forest do have a plethora of midfield options. Ryan Yates, Jack Colback, James Garner, Braian Ojeda and Cafu are all competing for places in Steve Cooper’s team.
Exciting: Longstaff would be statement signing for Forest
Longstaff earns £23,000-a-week and in the short-term Forest may need some assistance with that wage.
It seems as though some Newcastle fans can’t wait to see the back of him though.
From a Forest perspective that should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Some Magpies fans have been known to overreact to certain things and Longstaff is clearly a decent player.
Perhaps a loan move to the City Ground would do his confidence the world of good and he could kick on again.
Newcastle fans certainly think his days at St James’ Park are over and here is what they had to say regarding the interest from Forest.