Derby County are reportedly interested in a deal to sign Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff according to Chronicle Live.
Longstaff has found game time hard to come by in the Newcastle first-team this season, with the midfielder making just five appearances in total for the Premier League side under the management of Steve Bruce.
It’s clear to see that he’s down the pecking order in Bruce’s plans, and Chronicle Live claim that the Newcastle boss is facing a decision on Longstaff’s short-term future at the club.
Derby County are likely to be able to offer him regular minute in the near future, as they look to challenge higher up the second-tier standings next term.
The Rams finished 21st in the Championship table in the 2020/21 season, as they narrowly avoided relegation into League One on the final day of the campaign.
Wayne Rooney’s side drew 3-3 with Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park, which saw them retain their Championship status for another season, at the Owls’ expense.
The Derby County boss is clearly keen to add depth to his squad in the near future, with Longstaff being one of those targeted early into the summer transfer window.
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This could be a smart signing by the Rams.
Longstaff hasn’t been given much of a chance in the Newcastle first-team since Steve Bruce took charge of the Magpies, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they were tempted to loan him out this season.
I can’t see a permanent move materialising, and a loan move could be the ideal move for all parties involved, as Longstaff would be getting consistent game time to further his development, whilst Derby would be signing a player that is eager to make a positive impact.
I like the sound of this potential deal, and he’d certainly add quality to Wayne Rooney’s side.