By Kevin Phillips

14th Aug, 2021 | 10:00am

Pundit tips Newcastle to accept Longstaff offer and sign proven Premier League star as replacement

Kevin Phillips claims Everton don’t need to sign Sean Longstaff from Newcastle United.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on Longstaff’s future.

On 11th August, The Athletic reported initial discussions had taken place between Newcastle and Everton over a deal for Longstaff.

Longstaff, 23, broke into the Newcastle team under Benitez and certainly played his best football during his reign.

Under Steve Bruce, Longstaff has struggled to hold down a regular starting position.

He made 22 Premier League appearances last season with only 15 coming as starts.

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The Athletic’s report also claims Benitez and Longstaff have maintained regular contact after the former left Newcastle and that the two remain friends.

Phillips understands why Benitez may want to sign Longstaff but he insists Everton don’t need him.

“Do I think Everton need him? Possibly not,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Benitez is going down that route though, he’s already signed Andros Townsend and he had him at Newcastle.

“Longstaff hasn’t played loads of Premier League games but he does have that experience.

“From Newcastle’s point of view, he doesn’t play that often and it could be great business to move him on.

“It would free up a wage for Bruce to get someone with a bit more experience.

“I’m surprised Benitez is in for him but he obviously likes him and Longstaff played well under him.

“It’s a surprising one, I’m not sure Everton need him.”

Newcastle have bolstered their ranks after confirming the signing of Joe Willock from Arsenal.

He rejoins the club after a sparking loan spell last season.

In other news, Kieran Maguire reveals how Newcastle document is ‘hiding’ key issues as Covid used as ‘smokescreen’.