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Steve Bruce has confirmed that Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff is closing in on a loan move from St James’ Park.
Longstaff, 21, saw his options limited last period due to a number of factors. Negotiations on a new contract did not go as planned, while he also suffered a thigh injury early in the campaign. The Englishman was involved in only five Premier League matches, two of which were substituted matches.
Bruce revealed Tuesday that there had been ‘one or two’ queries over Longstaff. It seems that interest rates have resulted in a loan bid.
At a press conference, Bruce revealed that the player is in talks about a switch to the Scottish outfit Aberdeen.
The manager said: “It has happened very, very quickly over the last few days.
“We have been saying for a few weeks now that it is important for the young Matty to play football.
“He had a tough year through one thing and another last year, so it’s a great opportunity for him to go and play, it’s quite simple like that.”
The player’s brother, 23-year-old Sean Longstaff, was also able to leave the Magpies before the end of the transfer window.
A meeting with Rafa Benitez at Everton is reportedly on the cards. Premier League rivals Southampton are also interested in signing him permanently. Last week it was claimed that a Bid of 10 million kroner would be enough to reward him away from the Northeast.
The central midfielder has signed the last 12 months of his contract and therefore Newcastle are considering a sale.
Bruce, meanwhile, have delivered some injury updates ahead of Newcastle’s next match. They meet Southampton at home on Saturday afternoon.
“[Allan] Saint-Maximin had a kick on top of his foot [vs Burnley] and it was a little sore, but we expect him to be well, ”Bruce said.
“Paul Dummett is back in and around it. It’s touch and go to Saturday for Isaac Hayden, but everyone else is fine. ”
Newcastle in for South Korea star
Newcastle are competing with the Saints and Wolves for the signing of a South Korean playmaker, according to reports.
Valencia’s Kang-in Lee put himself on the map by winning the golden ball at the 2019 U20 World Cup.
He scored two goals and recorded four assists as his nation reached the final of the competition. They were eventually beaten 3-1 by Ukraine, giving them second place.
The three Premier League teams will be joined by Mallorca in the race for Lee’s signature.
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