Nottingham Forest are making an ambitious play 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.

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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.

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Some might suggest that Forest don’t need another midfielder – but there is an argument to suggest they do.

Colback isn’t getting any younger, Garner is only on loan and Cafu is hardly a long-term option.

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That only leaves Yates and Ojeda and with that in mind, it’s perhaps easy to see why Cooper wants another midfielder.

Longstaff earns £23,000-a-week and in the short-term Forest may need some assistance with that wage.

If a deal can be struck, however, the Reds could hit the jackpot with Longstaff.

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