Darren Bent has tipped Newcastle United youngster Matty Longstaff to sign for Everton if he does not agree a new contract at St James’ Park.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker insists that players have to seriously consider a move when a manager like Carlo Ancelotti comes calling.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Toffees have set their sights on signing the Magpies’ 20-year-old for a bargain fee when his current contract runs out in the summer.
The midfielder could leave his boyhood club for a compensation fee of around £400,000 if he is not able to agree on new terms at St James’ Park.
Bent insists that if a “top manager” like Ancelotti is seriously interested in signing Longstaff then the promising midfielder has to consider a move to Merseyside.
Bent told Football Insider: “I’m always a big believer that if top managers want you then you’ve got to go.
“He’s had a very good season, I think he’s a very good player but if Ancelotti wants you and thinks you’re going to improve Everton then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go.
“For me, I’m all for him in potentially going there. Then again, this whole takeover and the Coronavirus, there’s just so many different things that throw it into uncertainty.”
Longstaff has played 12 times for the Magpies this season, with his first appearance coming in the League Cup defeat to Leicester in August 2019.
He enjoyed a dream Premier League debut at home against Manchester United in October, starting alongside brother Sean in the midfield and scoring the winning goal in front of the Gallowgate end.
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