Newcastle United have decided to put Sean Longstaff’s contract talks on hold, with The Sunday Mirror (24/1; page 75) reporting that the Magpies want to prioritise the deals that expire this summer.
Longstaff’s terms with the Magpies currently run until the end of next season. He has struggled in recent times. But the 23-year-old remains one of the brightest prospects at St James’ Park.
The Sunday Mirror (24/1; page 75) reports that Premier League sides are monitoring Longstaff’s situation. And they may have just received some encouragement.
The report claims that Newcastle are prioritising sorting the futures of those who are out of contract at the end of this campaign.
And thus, they have decided to put talks with Longstaff on hold for the time-being.
TBR View: Newcastle taking gamble with Longstaff stance
Admittedly, Newcastle do have a number of players out of contract this summer. However – as shown by Transfermarkt – the list includes names such as Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Christian Atsu.
It is difficult to see the club entering into talks with any of those players.
Longstaff has struggled. But he clearly has the potential to be one of the best players in the current squad. So Newcastle’s stance could be deemed a gamble.
If the Magpies do not improve, Longstaff may be close enough to the end of his contract that he could become prepared to wait until next summer when he can head elsewhere.