Nottingham Forest were keen to sign Matty Longstaff during the summer transfer window, according to The Northern Echo. In the end, he signed for Aberdeen for six months and now finds himself on loan at Mansfield Town.

The Reds were trying to bolster their midfield ranks when Chris Hughton was still in charge. He, along with Dane Murphy, were hopeful of lowering the average age of the squad and fancied signing the Newcastle performer.

Now, it would seem as though the youngster’s future looks increasingly bleak at St James’ Park. The Athletic are confirming that Longstaff could be sold in the summer as Eddie Howe looks to reshuffle his Newcastle pack.

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Longstaff has been in fine form for Nigel Clough’s Mansfield outfit. He has scored three goals and registered one assist from seven appearances for the Stags as they frantically hunt down a promotion place.

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At 22-years-old, it seems likely that plenty of clubs will fancy taking the youngster on a permanent basis. Indeed, if Mansfield win promotion to League One, a transfer to One Call Stadium perhaps isn’t completely off the table.

Longstaff is a ball-playing midfielder who simply loves to keep things simple for his team. He recycles possession exceptionally well and ultimately he’d be an asset for any club that is willing to take him.

Forest ship has likely sailed for Longstaff

Given that Longstaff has an unsuccessful spell in Scotland and is now playing in League Two, it’s likely Forest have moved on. Steve Cooper does like to sign younger talents but the Newcastle man is currently trying to rebuild his burgeoning reputation.

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With that in mind, perhaps it will be difficult for too many Championship clubs to justify signing the youngster. Mansfield are likely to hold the aces at present, given that they’ve given him a platform to play regular games.

Forest will almost certainly try and bolster their midfield ranks during the summer. Longstaff doesn’t look like being a viable option though and he’s perhaps missed the boat with regards to a move to the City Ground now.

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