According to The Sunday Mirror (24/01, p75), Newcastle United have halted talks with Sean Longstaff over a new deal despite Tottenham’s rumoured interest in the midfielder.
Longstaff created a big impression when he first broke into the Magpies side a couple of years ago but his progress has stalled in recent times, with the midfielder failing to hit the same heights under Steve Bruce.
The Daily Mail reported back in December that the England Under-21 international was stalling talks over a new deal and that his agent Pini Zahavi had promised those close to the midfielder that he would get him a move to Tottenham.
It was also suggested just days later that the Magpies were keen to get their academy graduate to commit his future to the club.
However, The Mirror now claim that Newcastle are prioritising contract negotiations for players who are set to be out of contract at the end of the season.
With Longstaff still having 18 months left on his deal, it is claimed that negotiations over his future have been put on the backburner until now.
Spurs Web Opinion
While I would have been all for Spurs snapping up Longstaff a year ago, the midfielder has certainly not set the world alight recently. That is not to say that he could not improve in a better team and under the watchful eyes of Mourinho.
A defensive midfielder is likely to be high on the Tottenham boss’ agenda in the summer and if Longstaff is available on a cut-price deal due to his contract situation, I can see why he would be a tempting option for Spurs to go for given the club’s financial issues.
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