Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Sean Longstaff earlier this season but the player is set to stay at Newcastle United.

The Magpies are set to offer the midfielder a new contract, according to The Times, as they try to stop him from leaving for free.

Forest were linked with Longstaff during the January transfer window when the player was down the Newcastle pecking order.

The 24-year-old is still some way back in Eddie Howe’s midfield order but he has been getting some game time of late.

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Now, the Magpies’ boss is considering offering him a new deal that would see him stay at St James’ Park for another four years.

The Reds would perhaps have placed the young academy graduate on their shortlist for the summer otherwise.

Forest could find themselves in the market for another midfielder; particularly one who progresses the ball.

James Garner will return to Manchester United, whilst Cafu could possibly leave in search of first-team football.

Tyrese Fornah could return from Shrewsbury to make an impact and of course, Ryan Yates will remain a mainstay.

A proven option like Longstaff wouldn’t go amiss though but now he looks set to remain at Newcastle for the foreseeable.

Longstaff would have been ideal Forest signing

Jack Colback is one former Newcastle player who has enjoyed success at Forest having arrived from the North East.

Longstaff isn’t too dissimilar to the 32-year-old in terms of style and he’d perhaps have welcomed a move to Forest.

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The club could become a far more attractive proposition if they’re promoted and Steve Cooper would surely attract some decent talent.

As a Newcastle-born performer, Longstaff will be delighted to have earned himself a new deal.

For Forest, it might be a case of back to the drawing board in the quest to land a new midfielder.

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