Newcastle ‘chuck Sean Longstaff into bid’ for Lucas Digne – but he’s not keen

Newcastle United have added Sean Longstaff as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Everton's unwanted defender Lucas Digne.

Having agreed the transfer of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, the Magpies quickly turned their attention to another full-back in Digne.

The 28-year-old has fallen out of favour under Rafa Benitez and his availability is an exciting proposition as he has proven to be more than competent in the Premier League.

As part of their quick-moving transfer plans, the Saudi-backed hierarchy submitted an offer to the Toffees on Wednesday which included £22.5m and the offer of midfielder Longstaff.

But it seems they will not get their man.

According to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, Digne has indicated he would rather join a different club.

Fellow Prem sides West Ham and Chelsea, who each currently have injury issues in his position, have both expressed an interest in the France international.

It was previously reported that Serie A giants Inter Milan and Napoli were also in the hunt for his services.

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If Newcastle are unable to change Digne's mind, then it seems they will swiftly move to the next target on their list.

After the club's takeover in the tail end of 2021, the January transfer window was extensively researched.

And the result was a catalogue of options for each position that could be worked through in a priority order.

The other options who have been mentioned are Southampton's Romain Perraud, Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico, and Norwich City’s Max Aarons, even though he is primarily a right-back.

"We are taking it one transfer at a time," a source at Newcastle told The Telegraph.

"The market is a difficult one for us, clubs are quoting a lot of money for the players we want and some are simply not for sale.

"But we are working through things and more will follow after Tripper.

"We are close on a few things, but this is football and you never know what is going to happen until they are actually signed."

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