Report: Newcastle and Everton floated swap idea involving Sean Longstaff and Tom Davies
A swap deal involving Tom Davies was floated as Everton considered a move for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff this summer, according to a report from The Athletic.
Longstaff was linked with the Toffees for much of the window. In fact, The Athletic reported that at one stage, initial talks had taken place.
The 23-year-old appears to have lost his way somewhat in recent years. And it seemed that a reunion with Rafa Benitez may have been on the cards.
Interestingly, The Athletic has now suggested that a swap may have been discussed as Everton attempted to try and bring Longstaff to Goodison Park.
Their report claims that a deal involving Davies moving to Newcastle was floated.
It is not clear which club suggested the idea. And it is not mentioned whether there was ever any serious chance of such a move taking place.
Future swap involving Longstaff and Davies surely cannot be ruled out as Newcastle and Everton seemingly discuss idea
Heading into the summer, it appeared that Longstaff may have needed a move more than Davies.
Both players ended the campaign with runs in their respective sides. But it was arguably the Everton man who showed more glimpses of his quality last term.
However, at the start of this season, Longstaff is the only one of the pair to have featured in the Premier League.
Davies – who earns £25,000-a-week – was an unused substitute in the Toffees’ first two games. But Benitez suggested after their Carabao Cup win at Huddersfield that he had a slight injury. That may perhaps explain his absence against Brighton at the weekend.
But it will be interesting to see how much game-time he enjoys in the months ahead. Newcastle may certainly take note.
Longstaff meanwhile, made his first league start on Saturday. And he did well in the dramatic draw with Southampton.
But while his position in Steve Bruce’s side is not nailed down, Everton will surely hold out hope themselves of resurrecting a potential deal further down the line.
And with that, perhaps fresh talks over a swap cannot be ruled out entirely.