NOTTINGHAM FOREST are looking into a surprise loan swoop for Newcastle’s forgotten midfielder Sean Longstaff.
Longstaff, 24, is on the fringes at the Toon and Steve Cooper can add players as Forest chiefs think they have a chance of promotion.
Everton were also interested in Longstaff in September.
The Toffees were considering a January move which means Forest could face competition.
Longstaff's chances of game time are only likely to get slimmer in the new year.
He can't get into the struggling Magpies' team at the moment and the Toon are set to add more players during the next transfer window.
They are already said to have made contact with Jesse Lingard.
Earlier on Saturday, SunSport exclusively revealed Newcastle want Brighton's Dan Ashworth as their new director of football.
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He is currently with Albion as technical director after making his name at West Brom and the FA.
Now the Magpies have Ashworth in their sights as they look to build a long-term team behind the scenes, helped by a headhunting organisation.
Newcastle’s new owners have taken their time filling the role despite the transfer window coming up soon.
Other names mentioned include Frank McParland — a close adviser to Toon director Amanda Staveley, who has worked at Liverpool, Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest.
Leeds’ Spanish director of football Victor Orta is also in the mix.
Earlier this year, Longstaff broke down in tears during a chat with his brother Matty as he 'hit rock bottom'.
The midfielder admits he was 'in a pretty bad way' coping with the pressures of being thrust into the Toon limelight.
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Longstaff was just 20 when he was given his debut in the 2018-19 season.
And it was at a family breakfast a year ago when Longstaff revealed his anguish.
But following a heart-to-heart with his brother and dad, as well as regular sessions with a psychologist, Longstaff now feels 'a lot more comfortable in my own skin'.
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