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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce sends message to Manchester United over Sean Longstaff transfer

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Manchester United’s pursuit of Newcastle star Sean Longstaff could end in disappoint (Picture: Getty)

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has told Manchester United that Sean Longstaff is not for sale.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown interest in bringing Longstaff to Old Trafford this summer, with United preparing a £30million move for the midfielder.

The 21-year-old has only made 11 appearances for Newcastle and saw his 2018-19 season ended in March following a knee ligament injury.

Despite his limited experience, Longstaff has emerged as a target for Manchester United, who have focused on signing British players this summer.

Wales winger Daniel James became Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer, before the Red Devils agreed a £50m deal with Crystal Palace for full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Manchester United had hoped to also secure the signature of Longstaff but Bruce has echoed Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s stance that the player is not for sale.

‘You never want to lose your best young players, and I think we’ve made it pretty evident that we won’t,’ Bruce said.

‘We’re concentrating on Sean now, getting his knee right. It’s his 10th or 11th training session since he hurt his knee.

Steve Bruce with Newcastle record signing Joelinton

Steve Bruce with Newcastle record signing Joelinton (Picture: Getty)

‘I’ll just repeat what the owner said – he’s not for sale.’

Last week, Ashley bolstered Bruce’s squad at St James’ Park with the club-record signing of Brazilian striker Joelinton.

The 22-year-old scored 11 goals in 35 games for Hoffenheim last season and became Bruce’s first signing since he was named the club’s manager earlier in the month.

‘The kid has got an exciting time ahead of him,’ Bruce said. ‘He is a smashing young player and we are obviously delighted to get him.

‘He has got everything that a modern-day player wants. He is big, strong and athletic, and of course he’s got age on his side too which is vitally important.’

Joelinton, meanwhile, said: ‘I’m really happy to be here.

‘I know it’s a large investment that the club has made in me, and that comes with a huge responsibility.

‘I’m highly motivated and hope to give back on the pitch.’

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Read more here:: https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/28/newcastle-united-manager-steve-bruce-sends-message-manchester-united-sean-longstaff-transfer-10473618/

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