Sean Longstaff transfer latest as Leeds United 'advised' on fee for Newcastle United midfielder

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff
Leeds United have been linked with Sean Longstaff from Newcastle. -Credit:Newcastle United via Getty Images

Leeds United have one eye on the transfer market - even though matters on the pitch are yet to determined - as they continue to price up potential targets for a Premier League squad. Newcastle United player Sean Longstaff is one name constantly doing the rounds on the proverbial rumour mill.

Speculation over the 26-year-old and his future at St James' Park remains at fever pitch. Longstaff knows nothing beyond Newcastle from a footballing perspective, having grown up man and boy at his hometown club - with 176 matches coming since his senior debut for the Magpies in 2018.

That after loan spells with Kilmarnock and Blackpool to kick-off his professional career. Now, a proposed move to Leeds has been flagged up as an option for him on the proviso they return to the Premier League.

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Leeds, who were relegated from the top-flight last season, remain locked in a shootout with Ipswich Town for Championship promotion. The clubs are busy putting together a double transfer list for use in each of the two scenarios - promotion or otherwise - they are presented with this summer.

Here, we take a closer look at Longstaff and how that possible deal could come together for the Whites;

Promotion rivals going head-to-head

Leicester and Leeds continue to scrap for a Premier League spot. It might turn out they are both celebrating this summer, but could resume their rivalry in the market instead.

Reports from The Sunday People indicate both clubs are in the race to sign Longstaff. The midfielder only has one season left to run on his contract at St James' Park and, with no extension in sight, he could be up for grabs with a £20million fee being mooted to secure his signature.

For that, Leeds would get a Premier League proven player who also has Champions League experience. Leeds are thought to be keen on strengthening the options in their engine room next season.

Longstaff 'always committed' to cause

Longstaff and his love for Newcastle has been well-documented. However, while the midfielder credits manager Eddie Howe with saving his career at the club at a previous juncture, there could be scope for him to be sold this summer in order to ease FFP concerns and part-fund Newcastle's own recruitment drive.

As for Howe, though, the respect is mutual. Speaking about Longstaff last month, the Newcastle manager said: "I think Sean is a slight unsung hero. His love for the club does not guarantee you anything - he's Newcastle through and through and so are his family - but he has also given so much to the club and will continue to. He always gives his best, he's always fully committed to everything we ask him to do."

Leeds flagged up as his 'perfect' move

With so many moving parts at play for Leeds before they get down to business this summer, names for potential targets will come and go, but Longstaff is at the forefront right now. His proposed switch to Elland Road has been labelled, meanwhile, as a 'perfect' opportunity for the player himself moving forward.

"Eddie Howe has come out and said that he's a big admirer of Sean and he would not want to let him go," said ex-Leeds and England midfielder Carlton Palmer in an interview with Football League World. "In terms of rebuilding at the football club and pushing on, if they got an offer of £15-20million they would not be averse to letting him go.

"Which would be the best fit for the way that he plays? I think he would be more suited to be playing under Farke at Leeds United. The way that he plays and the way that Daniel likes to play, he would be a fans' favourite at Leeds.

"They love a player who can get around the pitch and get tackles in and show some energy. So I think Leeds would be an absolutely perfect move for him [Longstaff]."