Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce remains hopeful of tying midfielder Matty Longstaff to a new deal and says the club’s offer is “fantastic”.
The 20-year-old midfielder’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season, with Italian side Udinese having offered him Serie A football, but Bruce is hopeful of retaining the services of the home-grown talent.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United, he said: “There’s been a lot of talk about Matty Longstaff – we hope that we can resolve something.
“There’s still dialogue between the respective parties, so we hope.
“We genuinely want him to stay, the football side of the club want him to stay, and the club want him to stay. We’ve made him a really good offer, the kid, so let’s hope we can get it over the line.”
Asked how Longstaff, who will not figure this weekend because of a minor thigh injury, is mentally, Bruce replied: “I’ve had a couple of conversations with him since we’ve been back and purely from a football point of view, we’re all desperate for him to stay.
“He’s a young lad, a Newcastle fan who lives in North Shields and he’s had a remarkable rise very, very quickly.
“We have offered him a fantastic deal, in my opinion. We hope that he accepts it and we’ll carry on that way until the next few weeks and see where it takes us.”
We understand that Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Club Brugge, Inter Milan and Atalanta all made contact with the player, although it is believed up to a dozen European clubs have made approaches for the talented midfielder.
Udinese offer for Longstaff
There is also interest in England with Arsenal, Everton and West Ham also expressing an interest for the player, who has made 12 appearances for Steve Bruce this season.
Earlier this month, according to Sky Sports, Longstaff turned down a long-term contract offer from a Newcastle earlier this season, thought to be in the region of £15,000 per week.
Udinese’s offer is said to be around double the amount of salary offered by Steve Bruce’s men, along with a bumper signing-on fee and a five-year deal.