Steve Bruce has told his midfielder, Sean Longstaff, to ignore all the transfer speculations and make sure he delivers on the pitch.
Sean was one of the players Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Sollskjaer targeted as he attempted to rebuild his squad at Old Trafford last summer.
Newcastle made it clear they’d ask at least £40 million for the 21-year-old star, who burst onto the scene with such a dramatic impact last campaign.
In the end, the Red Devils did not follow through on their interest with a formal offer but he still remains a player they’re watching – and Toon boss Steve is keen for him to forget that and just deliver for his home-town club.
The manager said: “I think Sean now needs to concentrate on his own performances, rather than worrying about speculation and tittle-tattle.
“I don’t think there was any real legs in the Manchester United story. Whether there was interest, I’ve never really asked the question.
“Distracted? You are a young lad, so you are going to be. He’s got to learn to put that aside and just get on with the job in hand, which is playing for us.
“The thing for him now is to forget about contracts, forget his knee injury, forget Man Utd – it’s all about getting back to playing like we know he is capable.”
Meantime, Manchester United have removed themselves from the hunt to sign Ajax star Donny van de Beek, according to the Mirror.