Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff is prepared to walk away from St James’ Park in the summer, with Team Talk claiming Arsenal, Everton and West Ham are interested in his services.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed his breakthrough season during 2019/20, rising to prominence with a winning goal against Manchester United back in October.
Longstaff will see his current deal expire with the Magpies in June and the report claims he is now ready to walk away from the club.
The defensive midfielder also has admirers on the continent with Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Inter Milan also monitoring his contract situation.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has openly admitted his desire to add ball-playing midfielders to his ranks during the summer (Express).
Longstaff would certainly fit the criteria and has showcased serious ability on the ball during his seven Premier League appearances this season.
West Ham and Everton are also keen on his services and both present decent propositions for Longstaff.
Losing a player with such a high level of potential would represent a serious blow for Steve Bruce.
The Newcastle boss has used Longstaff sparingly and it’s perhaps one of the factors in the youngster’s decision to leave the club.
If he does leave and thrive somewhere else, Newcastle will have made a substantial error of judgement.
Newcastle haven’t enjoyed the best of campaigns and Longstaff seeing his contract run down won’t delight the club’s supporters.
Given their pedigree with playing in Europe on a regular basis; Arsenal perhaps offer the most attractive Premier League option.
Arteta has handed several youngsters the chance to shine since being appointed and Longstaff will be aware of that.
The Spaniard was a master of his trade as a player and under his guidance, he could transform into a seriously accomplished player.