Newcastle were determined to keep rising midfield star Sean Longstaff in the summer, despite reported interest from Manchester United, leaving fans concerned that renewed interest may come in January.
But the Manchester Evening News has today reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “highly unlikely” to make a move for Longstaff when the transfer window reopens after the Christmas period.
It will be good news for Steve Bruce, and a relief to Newcastle supporters, who both see the local lad as an integral part of the side for years to come.
Longstaff has struggled to replicate the form of last season, but was always likely to take time to reach his peak again, after recovering from the ligament injury that sidelined him for the latter stages of the season.
But with all the speculation in the off-season, it would not be a surprise if it had also affected his game, somewhat.
Sean Longstaff has only focused on Newcastle United
The player himself admitted to the Newcastle United Official Website that he was obviously aware of the talk, and was unable to do anything about it.
“Obviously there was speculation and stuff that was out of my control,” he said.
But the fact that his focus has always been on his Newcastle future, is encouraging, and it would have been – and still would be – a surprise to see him leave, or agitate for a move.
But despite having money to spend during January, the reports from Manchester are suggesting that Solskjaer will be looking elsewhere for reinforcements.
And that will be great news for everyone concerned with Newcastle United.