At just £10m, should West Ham consider a move to sign Newcastle midfielder?
Rewind little over two years ago and Rafa Benitez was calling for Newcastle star Sean Longstaff to get an England call-up. Now, Newcastle are reportedly willing to sell him for just £10million. West Ham desperately need a midfielder – Newcastle ace Longstaff might just be the ideal addition.
Longstaff, now 23, was just breaking into the Newcastle side at 21 – having impressed at Blackpool during 17-18. Returning to Newcastle, the Longstaff was given his chance by Benitez in the second half of the season. Benitez said in February 2019: “Sean wouldn’t look out of place with England.”
But fast forward until the start of the 2021-22 season. while Longstaff is a more-rounded, more-experienced player with 70 Newcastle appearances under his belt, he is struggling to even start for his boyhood club. The Toon have splashed £25million to sign Joe Willock from Arsenal permanently.
West Ham must take advantage, and sign Newcastle ace Longstaff
Longstaff is struggling for game time so much that Steve Bruce is open to his exit. The Daily Mail claim that Newcastle are ready to wave goodbye to Longstaff for just £10million – despite reports linking him with a £50million move following his emergence. Everton and Southampton are keen.
Meanwhile, at West Ham, things are becoming desperate. David Moyes is about to take his Hammers side on a Europa League tour. But the Hammers have not replaced Jesse Lingard or Sebastian Haller – and have only made one real addition in the form of a loan-to-buy deal for Alphonse Areola.
The squad lacks depth. While they were excellent at Newcastle on Sunday, they need more players in midfield. Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are first choice. Only veteran Mark Noble provides cover. So, if they need midfield depth and are struggling to raise necessary funds, Longstaff is ideal.
For just £10million, West Ham would be getting themselves a midfielder with huge potential in Longstaff. One that can play as a four, an eight or even as a 10. He is English, young, and would surely be happy to act as cover for Soucek or Rice. An absolute no-brainer.