Date: 18th May 2019 at 7:01am
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Newcastle have landed a massive boost in the early stages of the summer transfer market, as the Manchester Evening News understand Sean Longstaff is not currently a target of Manchester United.

There were claims on Friday that our academy graduate was one of the English, home-grown midfielders Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was considering to form a part of his major rebuilding project at Old Trafford, even though Magpies chiefs had made it clear to them that the 21-year-old was not for sale.

Thankfully, despite fitting the Norwegian’s criteria, the MEN understand Man United have no interest in pursuing a move for Longstaff right now, and are instead focusing their efforts elsewhere.

Reports by the Evening Standard suggest they are getting closer to signing Swansea City’s pacey winger Dan James in a deal worth between £15m and £20million, while The Times understand Saul Niguez, Bruno Fernandes and West Ham’s Declan Rice are the three central midfield players currently under consideration.

This is by far not the end of the road when it comes to speculation regarding Longstaff and a route out of St James’ Park, though, as the window has only just opened. Man City and Liverpool also scouted the North Shields-born star during his breakthrough campaign before a knee ligament injury cut short his time in the Premier League.

Their efforts could be brought to a halt before they even begin, though, if the board do offer Longstaff the second new contract inside a year he is reportedly set to earn once Rafa Benitez’s contract situation is resolved.

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