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Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has signed agent Pini Zahavi, who is expected to try to get away from St James’ Park for the 23-year-old.
Once he set out to make a £ 50 million move to Manchester United, Longstaff has endured a rough few years at Newcastle. His current contract runs through 2022 and he has yet to show signs of extending an extension.
However, he has signed an agreement with Zahavi, with the Daily mail suggesting that the Isreali agent has already discussed securing a possible move away from the northeast of Longstaff.
One potential destination could be Tottenham, and Zahavi is understood to have told Longstaff that a move to José Mourinho’s side could be possible if he chooses to push away from Newcastle.
Longstaff is believed to be eager to figure out his future soon. Talks about a new contract began in early 2019 but were quickly postponed after he sustained a serious knee injury, leaving both parties waiting patiently before returning to the negotiating table.
Once talks resumed, Newcastle is believed not to have been impressed with the demands of the former Longstaff representative, and all the uncertainty is believed to have taken its toll on the young midfielder.
Zahavi, who also represents the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Neymar, will give Newcastle another chance to offer Longstaff a suitable contract, but is ready to seek a transfer if no such proposal is presented.
It is unclear if Tottenham would really be interested in Longstaff. Mourinho appears to be settled with midfielders Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele, so spending on a new option will likely be pretty low on Mourinho’s to-do list.
Newcastle are eager to keep their academy graduated, just as they worked tirelessly to convince brother Matty to stay when their contract expired over the summer.
The Magpies are prepared to sit down with Longstaff to try to negotiate a new contract, but if talks break down again, Zahavi has a reputation for reaching out to other clubs by phone.
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