Steve Bruce to hold talks with Sean Longstaff amid Manchester United transfer speculation


Manchester United have held talks to sign Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff (Picture: Getty)

Steve Bruce will tell Sean Longstaff that he is fundamental to his plans at Newcastle amid Manchester United’s strong interest in the midfielder.

Longstaff caught the eye for Newcastle last term before a serious knee injury cut short his season in March and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly sanctioned a move for the 21-year-old.

It’s understood United have held talks over a potential £30million deal for Longstaff, but Newcastle have said that they will only listen to offers of £50m for the promising young Englishman.

Bruce, who has taken over from Rafa Benitez as Newcastle manager, joined up with his new squad at the Premier League Asia Trophy in China this week and plans to speak to Longstaff about his future.

According to Sky Sports, Bruce will make it clear to Longstaff that he does not want him to leave the club this summer.

It’s claimed that, while Longstaff remains open to joining United, he’s ‘excited’ about the prospect of playing for Bruce and nailing down a spot in Newcastle’s starting XI.

Bruce took over as Newcastle manager this week (Picture: Getty)

Longstaff admits he’s ‘flattered’ to be linked with a team of United’s stature, but insists he remains focused on playing for Newcastle.

‘It just shows how far I’ve come,’ he told NUFC TV last month.

‘If someone told us at the start of the season that by the end of it you’d be linked with these teams I’d have laughed at them but it’s nice, it’s flattering.

‘I’m massively flattered to have my name even mentioned in those conversations but like I said, I’m 100 per cent focused on Newcastle and trying to get fit and get back in the team here.’

Newcastle have slapped a £50m price tag on Longstaff this summer (Picture: Getty)

He added: ‘For me it’s nice to be have said about you and be linked with top clubs but for me, this is what I’ve always wanted to do.

‘I’ve always wanted to play for Newcastle and I’ve only had a little taste of that so for me, it’s about getting fit as soon as I can and getting back on the pitch for Newcastle and making more memories of the future.

Asked whether playing for Newcastle remained his main goal, Longstaff replied: ‘Absolutely. I think I have dreamed of this from Boxing Day to the day I got injured – I dreamed of that month since I was a little boy.

‘Three months isn’t enough.

‘I’m not satisified with playing nine games, I want to play as much as I can and do it for a full season.’

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