According to reports on Merseyside, Everton are eyeing up a cut-price move for Sean Longstaff ahead of the January transfer window.
There was speculation in the summer that Rafa Benitez was considering a reunion with the player he handed a debut to in December 2018, and the Liverpool Echo claim that the Spaniard feels a bargain deal could be possible in the new year.
Longstaff’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning a player who was once valued at £35million plus could leave for NOTHING in nine months time – or on the cheap in January if he fails to sign a new deal.
The Echo state that Tom Davies was offered our way in a possible ‘swap deal’ over the summer, however the player was keen to remain at Goodison Park.
Benitez has already brought former Toon players Andros Townsend and Salamon Rondon to Merseyside and it is thought he could help reignite Longstaff’s career, which has stalled considerably since he burst onto the scene in style.
Newcastle’s engine room is already looking light as it is; Isaac Hayden has been playing in defence and injuries to Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Willock leave our midfield options looking scarce, with Jeff Hendrick our only other alternative.
If anything, we need to be looking at brining reinforcements in before thinking about offloading anybody on the cheap.
Hopefully Longstaff signs a new deal in the coming months, to protect his value as much as anything.