Journalist Luke Hatfield has told The Transfer Tavern that he doubts West Brom ever had any real interest in Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff.
Longstaff recently joined Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen on loan, with the 21-year-old looking for more playing time after featuring in just five league games last season.
However, prior, he had been linked with a loan move to West Brom. Back in June, the Chronicle Live reported that the Baggies were just one side in England who looked at Longstaff before he joined Stephen Glass’ team.
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According to Hatfield, though, the English youngster probably was not too high on Valerien Ismael’s shortlist.
“Longstaff was a player who was obviously linked loosely,” the Express & Star reporter said. “I don’t think there was any serious interest. I think the real interest earlier in the window came in [Trevoh] Chalobah.
“That’s not to say there wasn’t an enquiry or he wasn’t on the shortlist, but he certainly wasn’t top of their priority list – let’s put it that way.”
The Express & Star had reported that Chalobah, at one point, was close to joining West Brom on loan from Chelsea, so it does appear that the 22-year-old was priority over someone like Longstaff.
He now, however, clearly has a place in Thomas Tuchel’s squad, scoring that brilliant goal against Crystal Palace at the start of the campaign. But if he does not get too much game time at the Bridge, perhaps a loan move is something the Baggies could revisit in January.
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