I say former because January loanee Rose is now back at Tottenham and Longstaff is technically no longer a Newcastle United player after his deal on Tyneside officially expired last week, making him a free agent.
Starting with Matty, The Chronicle report that we’re making one last effort to keep him on Tyneside, with him currently a free agent as things stand.
They report that he’s receiving interest from Leeds, Schalke and Udinese, but Bruce remains eager to sign him up before the players return for pre-season training in the coming weeks.
Although it’s not comparable, the Matty Longstaff saga is beginning to become about as exhausting as the Saudi takeover, with this stand off over a new contract dragging on since the turn of the year without any form of resolution.
Then to Rose, with Football Insider reporting that we are now ‘unlikely’ to sign the England international on a permanent deal, stating there’s been no contact between ourselves and Spurs since he returned to North London.
Interestingly, they also claim that we’re closing in on the signing of a ‘mystery left-back’ instead.
Rose is entering the final year of his contract at Tottenham and is out of favour under Jose Mourinho, yet he did admit in his most recent interview that he’s determined to win back a place in his side – suggesting a return to Newcastle was not a top priority.
I won’t mind if we don’t see Rose in a black and white shirt again after his uninspiring loan spell, but to lose Matty would be a real shame.
We don’t know the ins and outs, but it would be very disappointing if an Academy product ‘living his dream’ left because a side in Italy were offering a few quid more than the ‘£20,000 offer’ we’re believed to have put on the table.