Newcastle will allow West Brom target Matty Longstaff leave on loan
West Brom want Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff on loan and Steve Bruce has approved his temporary departure.
The Evening Chronicle claimed in June that the Baggies are one of the clubs looking to recruit the services of the 21-year-old for the season.
Newcastle boss Bruce is now willing to let the England youth international leave St. James’ Park in the final days of the summer transfer window.
He told Northern Echo: “It’s (a loan) something that we’ve decided might be best for Matty.
“I’ve had that conversation with him.
“We’ll see in the next week, but we’ve had one or two inquiries. We’re hoping something will happen with him in the next couple of days.”
West Brom have snapped up Adam Reach and Alex Mowatt this summer, and whether Valerien Ismael will be keen on adding another midfielder to his ranks remains to be seen.
The Hawthorns outfit have started the Championship campaign on the strongest of notes, but they could do with more quality in the middle of the park ahead of a long campaign, and Longstaff would offer that.
The youngster is hungry to play regular football again after falling out of favour at SJP, and there is definitely the quality in him following a fine start to his Newcastle career.
His development has been hampered by a thigh injury, and that saw him struggle to play much last term.
Despite returning to full fitness, Matty is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club this season, and was excluded from last weekend’s 20-man squad.
Newcastle are ready to listen to a loan offer, and he is the type of player that can help strengthen West Brom in midfield.
He is solid defensively and has a keen eye for goals, and those qualities could come in handy for the Frenchman.
An injury to a key midfielder could disrupt the Baggies’ campaign and promotion chances if a capable cover is not in place, and they should not hesitate to go after the Newcastle man.
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