The Telegraph have claimed that Newcastle United have tabled a second offer to keep Matty Longstaff away from Udinese’s clutches this summer – but are still some way off matching the Serie A side’s offer.
Longstaff, 20, is nearing the end of his contract – with the breakthrough midfielder’s current deal expiring at the end of the month. Newcastle have left offering the impressive England Under-21 star a new deal, very late.
The youngster is currently earning a youth player’s wage, just £850 a week. However, he was offered £15,000 a week by his boyhood club to stay – after netting three senior goals in just 12 games, including twice against Man United.
However, Newcastle’s initial offer has since been trumped by Udinese. The Italian club who are owned by the Father of Watford’s current owner, have tabled a bid to make Longstaff the club’s highest earner on £30,000 a week.
Now, Newcastle have made a second offer – and are willing to pay Longstaff £20,000 a week, an improvement on their first bid, but still some way behind Udinese. It remains to be seen what Longstaff does.
The news will come as good news to Toon legend Alan Shearer, who was quoted by the Chronicle in February as saying: “Contracts are always going to be difficult, we know what agents can be like but I really, really hope Newcastle can sign him up.”
TBR’s view – Longstaff has surely got to sign new deal
Yes, Newcastle’s tactics in making Longstaff sign a new deal have been poor. We are talking about a player that is a product of the academy, has a brother in the same team, and loves Newcastle.
A move to Udinese would be excellent for Longstaff and certainly, becoming the club’s highest-paid player despite having managed just 12 outings at senior level is somewhat of a surprise.
But to be offered a contract more than 20 times what he is currently being paid to play for Newcastle, is a no brainer.