According to a report from the Daily Star, Manchester United are hoping that Newcastle United’s struggles could tempt the Magpies to sanction a £40 million move for Sean Longstaff in January.
The Daily Star reports that Ed Woodward is planning a significant spend during the winter. It has been a disappointing start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men. They sit 10th in the Premier League and have won once in the top flight since the opening day.
Moussa Dembele is their top striker target, while the Daily Star has suggested that United are also plotting a move for Longstaff having failed to sign him in the summer.
The Star reports that Newcastle wanted £55 million for the academy graduate during the previous window. But Woodward believes that they may be able to prise him away from St James’ Park for £40 million in January.
It is noted that they are set to prioritise a move for Longstaff over a bid for Declan Rice with West Ham set to demand £80 million for the youngster.
It looks to be a gamble to make a £40 million move for Longstaff. He has impressed at times since breaking into the Magpies’ first-team. But the 21-year-old has struggled with injuries and has not stood out in a Newcastle side that is really struggling this season.
He is obviously going to get better. And a move to Old Trafford may accelerate his development. But Manchester United fans would arguably be forgiven for having their doubts if Newcastle do decide to sell the midfielder when January comes around.