As per the journalist, the Tyneside club suspect that Longstaff will end up at Premier League rivals Watford if he joins Udinese on a free transfer, sources close to the Magpies have told the outlet.
Would Longstaff be a miss for Newcastle after the takeover?
Watford and the Serie A outfit are both owned by the Pozzo family and have a history of trading players.
Longstaff, 20, is out of contract in the North East this month and would cost Udinese around £450,000 in compensation, whereas a move to another club in the English top flight would see the fee settled by tribunal.
The Daily Mail has been told that figure would run close to £3 million given Longstaff is an England Under-20 international and has enjoyed a relatively impressive debut season at St James’ Park, scoring three times from 12 senior appearances, according to Transfermarkt.
It is understood by the outlet that Longstaff would prefer to stay at his hometown club but hasn’t accepted a verbal offer believed to be worth £20k-per-week.
These members of the Toon faithful slammed him for rejecting the offer and seemed happy to let him go, perhaps understandably so given his high demands despite only featuring in a handful of games…
Sorry but if he's turned down 20k a week after 6 games in pl and is will g to leave his hometown club on the verge of possibly its best ever period for an extra 5k then good riddance. Pute greed! He's 19.
— ajf (@foxaj) June 3, 2020
if hes leaving for the sake of 5k let him go mun, 20k is a decent amount for a 19 year old who isny exactly the next messi
— ConnorDickson. (@ConnorDickson_) June 3, 2020
He really isn’t that good,let him go
— murraysminted75 (@alloutgungho) June 4, 2020
If the takeover goes ahead he won’t be good enough anyway, good luck in the future, thanks for what you’ve done, Bye Bye
— Eric pritchard (@esp1942) June 4, 2020
Holding out for £5k more a week? He’s 20 and has 15-years to earn proper money! To end up at Watford? Do me a favour
— Ollie Stevenson (@OllieStevo) June 3, 2020
Greed at play good luck in Watford
— ronantodd (@ronantodd) June 4, 2020
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