Newcastle United are reportedly close to agreeing on a short-term extension to youngster Matty Longstaff’s deal with the club which should see the 20-year-old remain until the end of the season.
The youngster has impressed at Newcastle this season but is out of contract at the end of the month and, according to The Times, has an offer of £30,000-a-week to join the Italian side Udinese.
Newcastle now have 10 days before the June 23rd cut-off to agree a short-term extension with the midfield dynamo and The Times believes he is likely to agree to a deal.
Other clubs in the Premier League have been less fortunate, with Ryan Fraser and Jeremy Ngakia of Bournemouth and West Ham respectively both said to have rejected short-term extensions with their current employers.
In that respect, Newcastle will feel grateful if they can tie down Longstaff until the end of the season.
However, beyond that, it is clear they face a battle to keep the highly-rated star.
Udinese are just one of several teams to have been linked with his services, with the Daily Mail suggesting he could then be loaned back to Premier League rivals Watford, to circumvent expensive compensation between the two English clubs. Sky Sports suggested Newcastle would then be owed just £400,000 in compensation for the player.
Newcastle fans will be hoping they can keep the player. Indeed, club legend Alan Shearer even implored the midfielder to stay at St James’ Park in his The Sun column, stating his belief that Longstaff has ‘the talent’ to succeed on Tyneside and that it would be a shame for him to leave without leaving ‘ a legacy’ at his boyhood club.
For now, Newcastle United will just have to do all they can to convince him to stay in the final weeks of the season.