According to The Chronicle, Derby County want to take Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff on loan this summer.

Football Insider reported in May that Longstaff is going to tell Newcastle that he wants to leave this summer.

Longstaff is allegedly ‘frustrated’ that Steve Bruce barely picked him this past season and now wants to leave for first-team action.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 18: Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old signed a new deal last summer, seemingly on the basis that he would feature under Steve Bruce.

 

That didn’t happen though, with the youngster only making five Premier League appearances over the course of the campaign.

A loan move seems likely, and Derby are now keen to bring in Longstaff to bolster Wayne Rooney’s squad.

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Newcastle United’s English midfielder Matty Longstaff gestures on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on January 3, 2021. – Leicester won the game 2-1. (Photo by STU FORSTER / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by STU FORSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

This isn’t the first time Derby have been linked with Longstaff, with the Rams believed to be interested back in November 2020.

With Beni Baningime’s loan over, Longstaff could come in to give Rooney another midfield option, with his energetic style potentially a welcome addition at Pride Park.

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