Steve Bruce has been begging alleged West Ham target Matty Longstaff to remain at Newcastle this summer, according to the Chronicle.
TEAMtalk claimed way back in March that the Hammers are keen to sign the 20-year-old Magpies midfielder this summer.
The problem for West Ham boss David Moyes is that he has little funds to spend at the London Stadium this summer, if any at all.
So the Scot needs to be clever in his player recruitment this summer.
And with that in mind, it is clear to see why Longstaff’s potential availability on a free transfer is appealing to the east London outfit.
The young Newcastle ace is an industrious midfielder, and he always gives his all for the Toon.
Steve Bruce is desperate not to lose him on a free transfer this summer, and has spent the past two months begging him to sign a new deal at remain at St James’ Park, according to the Chronicle.
The 20-year-old only made nine Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season, but he did score two goals in the process (Who Scored).
In those nine outings, Longstaff averaged 0.3 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 1.2 dribbles and 28.3 passes per game, with an impressive 80.4% completion rate (Who Scored).
He could be a very useful addition for West Ham. Especially on a free transfer.
But as things stand, it seems as though Bruce is not willing to let Longstaff leave Tyneside without a fight this summer.