Newcastle United set to be rocked by January bid for star player

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff is again a target of Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes a January move.

Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 6:00 am
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: A general view outside of St James' Park Stadium before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on January 2, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

And United could well face a battle to hang on to the player, with the Red Devils ready to test Mike Ashley’s resolve with a £40million bid, according to the Daily Star.

The Gazette revealed in August that the club was prepared to pay up to £35million for the midfielder in the summer transfer window. Newcastle United, however, made it clear that Longstaff was not for sale. Head coach Steve Bruce said: “He’s a player we want to keep.”

However, the Daily Star report that Man United manager Solksjaer has been promised “significant funds to spend” in the January transfer window. It’s claimed that Longstaff is a £40million target for the club.

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Meanwhile, Bruce could welcome back a key defender for the game against Manchester United on Sunday.

One player who is again likely to get the nod is Miguel Almiron – but in what position, is anyone’s guess.

An American journalist, with Paraguayan roots, has had his say on Steve Bruce’s use of the former MLS star.

And he’s expressed that back in his homeland, the feeling is that Almiron may be wasting his career.