Nottingham, Nottingham Forest plotting loan swoop for Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff

Nottingham Forest plotting loan swoop for Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff

Nottingham Forest are plotting a loan swoop for Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff, reports Alan Nixon in The Sun on Sunday (19.12.21, pg. 69).

Longstaff, 24, has featured 11 times in the Premier League for Newcastle United this season, scoring once.

The midfielder is now in his fourth season as a first-team member at St James’ Park but has found himself more and more on the peripheries of the squad, having played just 20 minutes of the last seven outings.

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Now though, Nottingham Forest are reportedly plotting a surprise January swoop for the midfielder.

Nixon writes in this morning’s The Sun on Sunday that Steve Cooper’s side are interested in a loan move for the Englishman, going on to add that Cooper will be given some leeway in January as club officials believe they have a shot at promotion.

Top-six contenders?

Nottingham Forest were rooted to the foot of the Championship table at one point this season. Relegation into League One was a genuine possibility for the Reds but since Cooper’s arrival, the club has undergone quite the transformation.

Both the football they’re now playing and the current mood around the club is much more invigorating than before.

Forest are unbeaten in their last nine Championship outings now, winning their last three to move up into 7th-place of the table – one point behind Stoke City in 6th and just nine points outside the automatic promotion spots.

But if Cooper is to steer Forest to an unlikely top-six finish then he’ll need reinforcements next month.

Longstaff could be a really keen capture given his recent Premier League experience and versatility, though if Newcastle are ready to let him go then expect Forest to face some fierce competition for his signature.

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