The News claims that Sky Bet League One outfit Portsmouth are interested in Newcastle United attacking midfielder Sean Longstaff. Pompey are also keeping tabs on Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier too, as they look to boost their squad before the new season commences.
20-year-old Longstaff made a more than good impression in the division last season when spending the second half of the campaign at Blackpool. He is yet to make his first team debut with Newcastle, but manager Rafa Benitez wants to keep him with the group for a little while longer in pre-season as he manages the transfer budget. Portsmouth are paying close attention to the situation.
Even though he is yet to make a competitive appearance for the St James’ Park club, he has impressed in pre-season. He netted in a recent friendly against St Patrick’s Athletic, and Benitez is eager to keep a closer eye on him for now. However, he still wants fresh faces in his group, which could likely relegate Longstaff down the pecking order.
A loan switch to Portsmouth is certainly on the agenda for the former Kilmarnock loanee. Playing at Fratton Park is always an attractive proposition for any player looking to play games. Manager Kenny Jackett is aiming to build a team that can challenge for a play-off spot, after missing out last season. Tavernier is another player they are keeping tabs on as well. He is currently away with the England Under-19 side at the European Championships. That might be off-putting as he would need rest on his return, meaning he won’t be able to slot straight into the team once the season is underway.