Date: 15th May 2020 at 7:30am
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

According to Football Insider, Everton are ‘keeping tabs’ on Matty Longstaff who could be available for a ‘bargain fee’ as his contract will expire this summer. The 20-year-old has an uncertain future at Newcastle United as his deal is up in the coming months and no progress has been made on an extension.

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Despite Everton having Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies at their disposal, Carlo Ancelotti is on the hunt for another addition in the engine room. The Toffees have been linked with Napoli’s Allan and Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia in recent weeks, but Longstaff is the latest player on their radar.

The England U20 international rose through the youth ranks to the Newcastle first-team in 2019 and has gone on to make 12 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals. Longstaff broke into the side in October but has only amassed 545 minutes of Premier League football this season – Steve Bruce has preferred Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff and Jonjo Shelvey in midfield.

Whether the 20-year-old would command a starting place at Everton remains to be seen, however, as there’s stiff competition from six players. But if Longstaff is available on a free transfer, he’s too good to ignore.

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