By Noel Whelan

21st Aug, 2021 | 9:30pm

Longstaff told to quit Newcastle for Everton as bargain price reported - pundit

Noel Whelan has urged Sean Longstaff to quit Newcastle United to reunite with Rafael Benitez at Everton this month.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 23-year-old could reignite his career at Goodison Park.

As reported by the Daily Mail (18th August), Everton and Southampton are both in the hunt to sign the £10million-rated midfielder.

Longstaff’s contract at Newcastle expires next summer, meaning they face losing him on a free transfer.

Benitez handed the homegrown talent his senior debut during his time at St James’ Park.

As such, Whelan suggested a move to Merseyside could get Longstaff’s career back on track.

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Whelan told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “How often do we see it? Managers that have been at clubs, worked with players and when they get to a new team they put that trust in them.

“Longstaff has obviously stayed in the mind of Rafa Benitez through the time he brought him through at Newcastle. Obviously an admirer, I very much think that’s the same for player towards manager as well.

“When you get these sort of relationships that have gone so well with players beforehand, you know you’re going to get the same commitment from them.

“It’s not a lot of money in this day and age for a young player. There’s still work in progress with him and he’ll understand that as well. You never stop learning as a player.

“There’s room to manoeuvre with Longstaff. I think he needs somewhere where it feels like he belongs, somewhere where he could get regular football.

A club who’s going to put a bit more faith in him than maybe Newcastle have done over the past season. He needs a base, he needs some stability and I think that will probably bring out the best in him.”

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