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Longstaff left hanging by Woodward and Man Utd

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has been left hanging by Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The London Evening Standard says the frustration over the time taken to conclude transfers has been felt among targets, as well as fans.

United have so far adhered to a one-by-one approach, leaving potential signings hanging on for deals to be struck.

Longstaff had hoped to be in place for the start of the tour – but a formal approach to Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley didn't come until last weekend.

Woodward was stunned to discover the Tyneside club's £50m asking price and made it clear it was well in excess of what United are prepared to pay.

While it's believed the valuation was a case posturing by Newcastle – United have ended up paying in the region double their opening offers for James and Wan-Bissaka.

The latter of those deals is said to be framing Charnley's expectations regarding Longstaff, who United hoped would be among the easier transfers to conclude during this window.

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