Manager confirms interest in Newcastle United winger ahead of January transfer window

Newcastle United under-23s winger Rosaire Longelo is attracting EFL interest ahead of the January transfer window.

Crawley Town boss John Yems has declared his interest in Newcastle United under-23s winger Rosaire Longelo.

The 22-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season after moving to Tyneside from West Ham United in 2018.

Longelo has made over 50 appearances for the Magpies’ second string but has been unable to force his way into first-team contention.

Yems, manager of League Two outfit Crawley, is keen on signing Longelo.

Should the player want to step into senior football next month, Newcastle are unlikely to stand in his way.

What Crawley Town boss John Yems said about Rosaire Longelo

Yems told the Crawley Observer: “I am always looking for good players to improve this squad, so anyone who becomes available who we fancy we will be interested.

“We are interested in him, and he is interested in us. At the moment two or three clubs are interested but I am not going to get caught playing off against other people.”

What other under-23s could leave in January?

Under-23s lead coach Elliot Dickman, whilst admitting no players have been earmarked for loan moves, believes there are individuals who could benefit from a temporary exit - but it would need to be right for them.

He told NewcastleWorld: “At this moment in time, there will be discussions going on around that but at the minute, I can’t really say who and who isn’t as nothing’s been finalised.

“The main thing is we might want certain lads to go out on loan but it’s got to be right for them. If it is then there’s that opportunity.

“Obviously we’ll have the conversation with Steve (Harper), Neil (Winskill) Atky (Mark Atkinson), Shola (Ameobi) and Ben Dawson.

“From that aspect, that’s how any decision on any player going out on loan will be made but as I stand here now, there’s nobody earmarked for that.”

Dan Langley, Charlie Wiggett, Jack Young, Joe White, Adam Wilson and Elliot Anderson are players NewcastleWorld has previously said could benefit from a loan switch in the second-half of the season.