Derby County are considering making a January loan bid for Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff, according to a report from the Sunday Mirror (29/11; page 72).
The January window looks set to be a pivotal one for the Rams. They sit bottom of the Championship, and are now five points adrift of safety.
Derby currently have no permanent manager. However, it appears that technical director Steve McClaren is still making plans for January.
And one of the names on his wishlist comes from one of his former clubs.
The Sunday Mirror (29/11; page 72) reports that they could make a move for Longstaff from Newcastle.
The 20-year-old has barely featured for Steve Bruce’s side so far this season. He has only made one substitute appearance thus far.
Of course, his future was a talking point for much of the summer. His contract at St James’ Park had expired before he penned a new two-year deal with the Magpies (via Chronicle). Spotrac shows that he earns around £18,000-a-week.
Interestingly, the Chronicle also notes that he recently changed agents. And he is now represented by the same company who work with Derby’s interim boss Wayne Rooney.
TBR View: Derby loan could be good for Longstaff
If Longstaff is going to struggle for minutes, a loan surely makes a lot of sense.
Derby are struggling. But with a takeover reportedly in the works, it would be no surprise if they were extremely busy in January.
A Pride Park move therefore, could arguably prove beneficial as Longstaff looks to move himself up the pecking order on Tyneside.