Sky Sports pundit Kevin Phillips has urged Newcastle United to cash in on Sean Longstaff if a club matches our reported asking price.
The Mail revealed last week that Everton and Southampton have been showing interest in the midfielder, with his price tag set at £10m now he’s entered the final year of his contract at St James’ Park.
Some believe he remains one of our brightest talents and a local lad we’ve be foolish to give up on, however Phillips feels a sale would only allow Bruce to strengthen other areas of the squad.
Here’s what he’s had to say:
“It’s a lot of money for a player who hasn’t played an awful lot of games.
“£10million for Steve Bruce to strengthen another position in the squad – you get that deal done.
“Everton seem to be going down that British and English route with players like Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray.
“He’s got that relationship with Benitez as well. If you’re Newcastle – why not let the kid go?”
It wasn’t long ago Sean Longstaff was one of our star men and a player Bruce convinced to stay following interest from Manchester United.
Fast forward a few years, he’s behind the likes of Shelvey, Willock and Hayden in the midfield pecking order and clearly reluctant to sign a new deal after contract talks stalled.
With Luke Edwards stating earlier today that new signings are ‘unlikely’ unless someone leaves to create space in our 25-man squad, would you cash in on Longstaff to free up funds if a late bid arrived before August 31st?