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Leeds have got to battle Benitez in reported chase for Newcastle star, Toon open to selling him - TBR View

Newcastle United are reportedly willing to wave goodbye to midfielder and academy product Sean Longstaff this summer. The Toon star has interest from the manager that gave him his Newcastle debut in Everton gaffer Rafa Benitez. But do Leeds United need to join the race for Longstaff?

Longstaff, 23, clocked up his 70th senior appearance for Newcastle on Sunday – coming on as a late substitute during a 4-2 loss to West Ham. But the Toon have now completed a deal for Joe Willock and have other midfield options available. It sees Longstaff falling down the pecking order.

The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle are willing to offload Longstaff this summer. Meanwhile, a recent claim is that Everton are looking at the midfielder – which would form a reunion between Longstaff and Benitez. But do Leeds need to take a look? Here is why we think he is ideal:

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Why Leeds need to beat Benitez and sign Newcastle ace Longstaff

Firstly, it is obvious that Leeds need more depth in midfield – made only more apparent by Saturday’s abysmal 5-1 loss to Manchester United. Robin Koch was used in the middle of the park and Bruno Fernandes had a field day – leaving the Germany international dizzy. He is better at centre-back.

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Leeds need a midfielder that can cover Kalvin Phillips, but also play as a six. Longstaff is that exact player, and even asked to play further forward he could do a job – having a hand in 15 goals while on loan at Blackpool. Leeds, though, are close to a move to sign Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien.

While O’Brien is good, he lacks any Premier League experience. Longstaff would prove more expensive – once being rated at £50million in 2019. If Leeds could agree a fee for Longstaff of around £15million, it would be a much more worthwhile signing than O’Brien.

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