Newcastle midfielder on verge of exit after agreeing deal - report
By Russell Edge
Young Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff has agreed to a deal which will see him go out on loan to League One side Blackpool, according to a report.
HITC Sport claim that the Magpies have been seeking a temporary deal for the promising 19-year-old in order to aid his development, with them viewing first team football at senior level more beneficial than playing for the Under-23s.
He is said to be highly rated on Tyneside and is set to be at St James’ Park until at least 2019 having reportedly signed a new contract at the start of the month.
It is reported that the loan move to Blackpool will be an inital six-month deal, with it being Longstaff’s second temporary move in as many seasons, having made 17 appearances for Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock during the last campaign.
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If Rafael Benitez believes that Longstaff is not going to be fighting for a place in the first team this season, then a loan move to a league club seems like the best option for his development. Playing at Under-23 level will not offer him the same cut-and-thrust environment of being in and around a first team squad, and he will be given the chance to prove himself week in, week out. The six month length of the contract works for Newcastle too – if he is proving himself in League One, then there is every chance a Championship side might make a move for him, giving him experience at an even higher level. Either way, it seems like a sensible decision from the Newcastle manager, who will continually be looking to improve the club from top to bottom.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are eyeing up a move for a Championship starlet.