Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce wants to have Matty Longstaff’s future at St. James’ Park secured this month, as quoted by the Chronicle.
Bruce discussed the midfielder’s contract situation at his pre-Chelsea press conference on Friday, and noted that it is Newcastle’s priority to have 19-year-old Longstaff and older brother Sean tied to long-term deals.
Longstaff, who made his Premier League debut with a game-winning display against Manchester United prior to the international break, is set to be out of contract at Newcastle next summer, with clubs able to snatch his services for £400,000 if his terms lapse.
The Magpies began discussing a new deal for the youngster following his breakthrough into the first-team fold this summer, after he was handed his first senior start against Preston North End in pre-season following outings against Wolves and West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy.
It has been speculated that discussions have focused around a five-year contract (Daily Mail), although talks with older brother Sean were not progressing as well as hoped.
Newcastle are keen to agree on a six-year deal with the 21-year-old on improved terms, as they feel his improved performances merit another extension following the four-year, £25,000-a-week (The Times) deal signed following his breakthrough into Rafa Benitez’s plans last season.
Bruce hopes that Longstaff’s second extension inside a year can be agreed before the end of 2019, and claimed on Friday that he is keen to see talks with younger sibling Matty conclude this month.
“I’m sure we’ll be all out to get that tied up – and his brother – which is vitally important,” Bruce told reporters at his press conference. “There are one or two that are in discussions with the club, and I’m sure we’ll move that on in the next week or two.”
While Newcastle hope to make swift progress in negotiations with the Longstaff brothers over their new contracts, the Chronicle add that the Toon have completed successful talks with 17-year-old prospect Joe White.
It is thought the teenage midfielder signed the new terms on his birthday at the start of the month, after Bruce became a ‘big fan’ of the prospect following impressive performances in the Magpies’ youth setup and in training.
While White is believed to have signed his immediate future to Newcastle, a route into the first team will likely be on hold for a little longer for the teenager, who may now secure a loan transfer away in January to gain some senior minutes.
The priority for Newcastle will be getting the Longstaff brothers to put pen to paper, as the Toon will be loath to lose the younger of the pair for just £400,000 if they cannot agree on an extension before June.
Failing to agree on terms with Sean will also be worrying for club chiefs at St. James’ Park, who may fear his refusal to pen a new deal is a signal toward a potential desire for a move away following Manchester United’s reported interest this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils are still believed to be interested in the 21-year-old (Daily Mail), despite baulking at the £50m price tag they were issued with earlier in the year.
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