Manchester United 'plot £40m bid' for Newcastle United midfielder

Manchester United are ready to launch a fresh bid to sign Sean Longstaff, according to a report.

Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 1:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 1:00 pm
Sean Longstaff.
Sean Longstaff.

The Gazette revealed in August that the club was prepared to pay up to £35million for the midfielder in the summer transfer window. Newcastle United, however, made it clear that Longstaff was not for sale. Head coach Steve Bruce said: “He’s a player we want to keep.”

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However, the Daily Star report that Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has been promised “significant funds to spend” in the January transfer window. It’s claimed that Longstaff is a £40million target for the club.

Longstaff, 21, is in line for a new deal at United, having signed his present contract, which ties him to the club until 2022, before his first-team breakthrough.

Meanwhile, a distraught Longstaff labelled Newcastle’s 5-0 Premier League defeat to Leicester City on Sunday as "embarrassing”. Man United visit St James’s Park on Sunday.