West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce wants a reunion with Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff in the summer transfer window.
According to Football League World, West Brom are keen on signing Sean Longstaff in the summer as former Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce targets a reunion with the midfielder. The Baggies are eager to bring in quality players to help push a promotion charge next season.
Newcastle United are set to embark on a massive summer window if they achieve their goal of staying up in the Premier League. The Magpies have themselves to thank for a recent upturn in form, as they sit narrowly outside of the danger zone.
Much of the credit should go towards Eddie Howe and the Newcastle hierarchy for signing good players in January as the Magpies spent heavily in the window. One of the positions they were desperate to strengthen was the central midfield area, where they brought in Bruno Guimaraes.
Despite the Brazilian not playing regularly since arriving, his signing has pushed fellow midfielder Sean Longstaff down the pecking order in recent weeks. The Magpies star is finding it hard to feature in this team and has a contract that expires in June. There have been whispers of talks regarding a new deal, although nothing seems to be moving forward for now.
Newcastle are planning contract renewals for some of their existing stars, although Longstaff’s name hasn’t appeared yet. As things stand, he could leave on a free transfer in the summer and may not have a shortage of suitors.
Everton were seemingly interested in the January window and reportedly saw an offer rejected by Newcastle, who wanted to keep their squad intact ahead of the relegation battle. It remains to be seen if the Toffees come back for the midfielder in the summer, although it’s quite doubtful considering the players they are being linked to recently.
There is also interest from West Brom in the Championship, as they look for players capable of helping them push for promotion to the Premier League next season. The Baggies have no hope to get promoted this term, as they languish in mid-table.
Former Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, who recently took charge of the Baggies, wants a reunion with his ex-ward Longstaff. It is claimed that he will urge West Brom to convince the midfielder to move to the Hawthorns if he does not sign a new deal at St James Park.
It remains to be seen if Longstaff would be interested in moving to the Championship should he run down his contract with Newcastle. There is also the possibility of signing a new deal with the Magpies, although, with the club eyeing more big-name signings in the summer, a Bosman move looks more likely for the Englishman.