Nottingham Forest have seen their hopes of signing Sean Longstaff take a significant hit. Sky Sports claim that Newcastle are hoping to include the midfielder in a deal to sign Lucas Digne from Everton.
The Reds were keen to make an ambitious raid on the Magpies. Steve Cooper is hoping to add more reinforcements to his squad this month and has already signed Keinan Davis and Steve Cook.
Longstaff was in the sights of the Reds. Right now, Forest aren’t short of midfield options, although the Newcastle man would have been a decent addition for the future.
Now, those hopes look to be lost. Rafa Benitez is a big fan of Longstaff and he’s keen to add him to the Goodison Park ranks this month.
Longstaff has fallen out of favour at St James’ Park. Eddie Howe has been keen to implement his own ideas and this month, he will search the market for his own players.
The academy graduate will be a fall guy in the Newcastle ranks. The Magpies are hoping to use Everton’s interest to benefit their own recruitment.
It’s claimed that PIF have offered Everton £22.5 million for Digne; with Longstaff also included in a player-plus-cash deal.
As a result, Forest look to be out of the race. With Ryan Yates, James Garner, Jack Colback, Braian Ojeda, Cafu and Tyrese Fornah all on the scene, strengthening the midfield probably wasn’t a priority.
Longstaff was always a long shot for Forest
Longstaff is a proven Premier League performer. With that in mind, the links to Forest always seemed somewhat strange.
Forest do have plenty of midfielders to choose from. Longstaff wouldn’t come in and sit on the bench and a deal was likely dependent on someone leaving.
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At 24, Longstaff should prove a useful addition to Everton. He has made 83 appearances for the Magpies, with 67 of them coming in the Premier League.
Furthermore, Longstaff played his best football under Benitez and that’s clearly something that is driving this deal.
For Forest, it’s back to the drawing board…