Newcastle could be set for a timely boost with Goal.com reporting Manchester United are considering a move for West Ham’s Declan Rice, meaning interest in Sean Longstaff could be dropped.
The report claimed the Old Trafford side are “pondering” a bid for Rice, with the move unlikely to depend on the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
That can only be good news for Newcastle, who are reportedly still in talks to tie both Sean Longstaff and his brother Matty to long-term contracts on Tyneside.
There is little doubt the speculation surrounding the Red Devils’ alleged pursuit of Sean in the summer had distracted him, as he told the official club website, but ironically, he looked back to his best against Solskjaer’s side on Sunday.
Sean Longstaff’s performance must have impressed Solskjaer on Sunday
With both Longstaffs in superb form in the win at the weekend, and Sean looking particularly impressive as he dominated the midfield trenches, it would have surely impressed the Norwegian manager in the visitors dugout.
It could even have strengthened the Old Trafford club’s resolve to pursue a move again in January, but if they decide that Rice is their target, it may suggest that a deal for Longstaff is no longer their priority.
Comparisons were drawn between Rice and Longstaff last season, but the battle between the pair when they faced each other last season, was cut short, as Longstaff suffered his season-ending injury during the game.
Regardless of whether Manchester United are preparing a move for him or not, Newcastle must get a deal agreed as soon as possible for the local lad, and even if further attempts were then made from bigger sides, we would hold all of the bargaining chips.