Rangers in hunt for midfielder, contract expires at PL club in months - report
Rangers are watching Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff as they consider a summer swoop for the midfielder when his St. James’ Park contract runs out in the summer, according to a report.
Chronicle Live report that the Gers have been watching the 20-year-old – who is currently on loan with Blackpool – but could face competition from Premier League side Bournemouth for his signature.
It is understood that his contract is within months of expiring at St. James’ Park but Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is still keeping tabs on his progress.
Longstaff has scored six times in 26 appearances for the Seasiders during his loan spell at Bloomfield Road and has been a mainstay in Gary Bowyer’s side this season.
Rangers would likely need to pay a compensation fee for Longstaff if he was to sign for the Gers under freedom of contract although any fee would likely be no more than £250,000, which is the same fee that has been paid by Scottish sides to sign the likes of Moussa Dembele, Jordan Rossiter and Joe Dodoo from England.
Longstaff spent the second-half of last season on loan with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock so has some experience of Scottish football.
The 20-year-old is the nephew of former Celtic player and coach Alan Thompson and is yet to make his competitive debut for Newcastle.
Football Insider verdict
Longstaff seems to be highly-rated down south but it’s a struggle to see where he would fit in the Rangers squad. With Jamie Murphy expected to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal later on Friday as well as central midfield being a pretty strong area for the Gers in terms of personnel, it doesn’t make a huge amount of sense bringing Longstaff in. Unless there’s something else going on in the background with the likes of Josh Windass the it’s unlikely that anything will come of this although it shouldn’t be ruled out completely. Longstaff’s experience of Scottish football could be a boost to his chances but if he were to be signed by the Gers, he may have to get used to viewing Scottish stadia from the substitute’s bench.
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