Newcastle United have put up a “not for sale” sign on their 21-year old central midfielder Sean Longstaff.
The Newcastle-born player, who has been compared to another Geordie, Michael Carrick, only made his Premier League debut for Newcastle on Boxing Day, but, in the 12 games he played before injury cut short his season, he did enough to suggest that the St. James Park outfit have a special talent on their hands. He also has attracted the interest of the England hierarchy, and was tipped for a call-up to the undsr-21 squad before the injury.
His performances were so good that United are willing to try and sign him for £25 million, a large sum for a player with such limited experience.
However, Newcastle are determined to keep him and, to tempt him to stay at the club, are prepared to offer him a bumper new deal, despite the fact the Longstaff signed a four-year contract just six months ago.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.