“He is everything you would want in a player”

Manchester United may have suffered a set-back in their quest to sign Sean Longstaff after Newcastle boss revealed his team to build his team around the rising star,.

United are in dire need of a midfield signing and Longstaff has appeared as their most preferred target.

The Red Devils released Ander Hererra as a free agent this summer and they are looking to sign a midfielder in his stead.

Longstaff started his career with the Magpies and after two loan spells at  Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock and Blackpool, the 21-year-old midfielder rejoined his side last season.

He featured in only eight league games for his side last season before a knee injury scuppered his season.

The Red Devils had entered negotiations for the player but his £50m valuation has stood headlong in the way of any deal.

United were hoping to reach a £20 million agreement to sign him but despite the talks being protracted, they are hoping to reach an agreement for him.

But now, Newcastle new boss, Steve Bruce has reiterated his desire to keep the player.

“He’s a player we want to keep, he’s had a remarkable rise,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

“He is everything you would want in a player, big and athletic and he handles the ball well.

“We’ve got to be mindful of the fact he’s had a nasty injury, we’ve got to nurture him through pre-season so he is ready for Arsenal.

“He’s the type of player you want to build your team around, I’ve only seen him for a day, but he has had an unbelievable rise,”

“Very much reminds me of a Michael Carrick. I’m not aware that he’s going to United, I’m not aware of that at all.”‘

United have signed only two players his summer but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been open about his desire to add more players before the close of the window.

The signing of a centre-back and a midfielder remains the priority of the club.