Kevin Phillips has urged Newcastle United to sell Sean Longstaff after a transfer update emerged.
The Lowdown: Longstaff price revealed
As per The Liverpool Echo, Rafa Benitez is considering a move to sign the 23-year-old for Everton, as he has entered the final year of his current contract in the northeast.
Should Newcastle sell Longstaff?
The Daily Mail have now reported that the St James’ Park club have put an asking price of £10m on the central midfielder, with both Southampton and the Toffees interested in his signature.
The Latest: Phillips on Longstaff
Speaking to Football Insider, former Aston Villa striker Phillips has urged the Tyneside club to sell Longstaff if they can get the £10m transfer fee quoted for him. He said:
“It’s a lot of money for a player who hasn’t played an awful lot of games.
“£10million for Steve Bruce to strengthen another position in the squad – you’d get that deal done.
“Everton seem to be going down that British and English route with players like Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray.
“He’s got that relationship with Benitez as well. If you’re Newcastle – why not let the kid go?”
The Verdict: Agreed
It would certainly be a good idea for the Magpies to sell Longstaff for £10m, considering that he only has a year left on his deal and could therefore leave for free next summer.
The Englishman was limited to 27 games in all competitions across the entire 2020/21 season (Transfermarkt), and he may see his time on the pitch become even more limited by the permanent signing of Joe Willock from Arsenal.
Therefore, to cash in on a squad player who has a year left on his contract would be smart business, and the sooner the better, given that Transfer Deadline Day is slowly edging ever closer.
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