Aberdeen line up highly-rated Newcastle midfielder after sealing Marley Watkins' return

Stephen Glass saw Aberdeen exit the UEFA Europa League at the play-off stage, but is finding more success in the transfer market.

Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United  during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2021 . (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2021 . (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Dons boss successfully secured a return to Pittodrie for striker Marley Watkins, hours before the home defeat to FK Qarabag.

Next incoming to the north-east is expected to be Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff, despite interest from skybet Championship sides Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United.

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The 21-year-old will be allowed to leave on loan, Steve Bruce has confirmed, and Glass looks to have returned to his former club to pick up the highly-rated middle-man, whose brother Sean has also starred for the Magpies.

Bruce said: “The kid needs to play. He’s had a really difficult year with one thing or another. Certainly, the thigh injury he picked up seemed to go on and on.

"He’s had a very good pre-season. He’s OK, but it’s something (that might happen), because the one thing he needs to do is get some games.”

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