Sean Longstaff is hopeful he can secure a move to Everton this month.
The Newcastle midfielder has less than six months left on his contract at St James’ Park.
Longstaff, 24, is keen for a reunion with former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park.
He would rather make the move now and help lift the Toffees in the second-half of the season than wait until his contract expires in June.
But the matter is complicated by the fact Newcastle do not need to cash in on the midfielder.
They could only demand a relatively small fee for a player in the final months of his contract.
But with big backing from their Saudi owners they are not scraping around for transfer money.
Another issue is Lucas Digne’s reluctance to move to the North East.
Everton are willing to let the French full-back leave the club this month after a fall out with Benitiez.
But Digne is not keen to join Newcastle and is waiting on other offers in the Premier League or from abroad.
Benitez is keen to bolster his midfield option this month and is keen to bring in Longstaff.
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The Spaniard handed Longstaff his Premier League debut back in 2018.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is eager for Longstaff to sign a new deal and fight for his place at St James’ Park.
But it looks like the midfielder will leave in the summer at the latest if he doesn’t get his move this month.
Benitez has already brought in two full-backs with the arrivals of Nathan Patterson from Rangers and Vitalii Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev.
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But he is keen to make more additions before the window slams shut at the end of the month.
The Everton boss said: “This is a difficult window but we saw we can do things and, hopefully, can continue looking for the best possible options for us.
“The idea is to bring new faces and increase the competition between players.”
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