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Leeds United want to sign Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff

Leeds United are one of the favourites to secure an automatic promotion to the Premier League this season, and it seems the Whites are already planning for the summer ahead.

The Whites have looked unbeatable in 2024 having won 12 of their last 13 games, the other being a draw. They could move above Ipswich Town and share the same point with Leicester City if they win against Millwall on Sunday at Elland Road.

If Leeds secure promotion, Daniel Farke will need more quality players in the ranks. Above all, he needs players with more Premier League experience, and probably that’s why he is already looking at established midfielders who can improve the squad.

According to a report from the Sunday Mirror (17 March, page 66), Leeds could make a move for Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff next summer if they move to the Premier League.

Farke has the 26-year-old midfielder firmly in his sights as he looks to bolster his midfield options next summer.

Sean Longstaff would be a cracking signing for Leeds United

Longstaff will enter the final 12 months of his contract at the end of the season. He is a key player for the Magpies and preliminary talks over a new agreement have taken place already.

However, due to his contract situation, Leeds hope to land him for around £15m. The defensive midfielder has made 20 starts in the Premier League for the Magpies and has managed four goals and two assists this season.

Longstaff has played only for Newcastle (apart from loan spells) in his career and has played over 135 Premier League games in his career. Eddie Howe has recently suggested that Longstaff has been playing through a pain barrier for a long time, but he can’t drop him as he has limited options.

Newcastle could be forced to sell some of their key players in the summer to comply with the FFP rules, but whether they would be willing to offload Longstaff remains to be seen.

He would be a cracking signing for the Whites, but any potential move is only possible if Leeds secure promotion to the Premier League.

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