Transfer News: Everton retain Sean Longstaff interest

Everton reportedly remain interested in Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff with Rafael Benitez eyeing yet another bargain buy in the market.

According to The Chronicle, Sean Longstaff might be of interest to Everton, as Rafael Benitez eyes another bargain signing. The Newcastle United midfielder has a contractual situation at St. James’ Park and could be available at a knocked-down price in the winter window.

As Newcastle United ramp up their grand plans for the January window, there are a fair few stars who might look to leave the club. The Magpies are planning to bring in some notable players during the period, which would need them to make space in the squad.

In hindsight, most of the players in the current squad have underperformed, which has left Newcastle at the very bottom of the Premier League table and winless after 13 games. Eddie Howe’s side are staring hard at relegation, and their condition might worsen if results do not improve, which could incidentally make any January signing meaningless.

However, the Magpies remain hopeful and might even sell some of their existing stars to make room for new stars. Sean Longstaff is among those in danger of leaving Newcastle, as he remains in a contractual unease at the Tyneside club.

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While there is no stand-off between both parties, the midfielder has a contract that expires next summer. Longstaff remains open to staying at Newcastle United and signing a long-term deal. While discussions are reportedly underway, there is no sign of an imminent agreement, leaving the door open to a move elsewhere.

Everton have been interested in Longstaff for a while and are prepared to reignite their pursuit before January. Rafael Benitez, who made a few bargain summer signings, is eyeing another similar style, as he feels the need to bolster his midfield.

The Toffees have had a bad season so far following a bright start. As a result, there is pressure on the former Newcastle United manager, and he might be allowed to strengthen his squad in the next window. Newcastle reportedly wanted around £10 million in the summer, and spending a similar sum could enable Longstaff to leave the club.

The Magpies are linked with players such as Aaron Ramsey, among others over a January move, as they prepare to embark on a spending spree. The possible fees mooted for Longstaff might be a drop in the ocean for Newcastle, considering their new cash-rich status, but it certainly would create space for new players.

Everton might be a good option for the midfielder as he might progress well at Goodison Park. Despite starting nine of Newcastle’s games this term, Longstaff has found himself on the bench since Howe took over, which could be taken as a hint over his long-term future, and it remains to be seen if he leaves Newcastle this winter.

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