Kevin Phillips tips Matty Longstaff to pen Newcastle United deal


Kevin Phillips believes that Matty Longstaff will sign a contract to stay at Newcastle United.

The 20-year-old midfielder is out of contract this summer and has been heavily linked with a move away from St James' Park.

According to Sky Sports, Udinese are one club who are looking to tempt him away from Tyneside after offering a deal worth around £30,000 per week plus a signing on bonus.

As per a report in The Telegraph, Newcastle United have offered the player over £20,000 per week to stay at the club - an offer which former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips will be enough to convince him to stay.

Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said: "I am pretty sure that the player wants to stay at Newcastle and, from what I gather, his team and his agent have put a deal to the club that they think they are worth.

“He wants it done as quickly as possible in case there is a takeover of managerial change.

“From the club’s point of view, you cannot afford to let good young players leave, especially for that sort of money.

“I would be very, very surprised if they do not come to some sort of agreement that is close to what the player is looking for.

“I hope that he ends up staying at Newcastle.

"It is always a tough one but I really hope that they put him on a decent contract and look after him.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Every Newcastle United fan on Tyneside is hoping that Matty Longstaff signs a new deal.

The young midfielder epitomises what north east football is about as a hometown boy who has made a name for himself by playing at St James' Park.

Why would he want to throw that away?

Longstaff is going to make a lot of money in his career, so instead of looking for a quick payday by moving away from the club, he should be looking to build a legacy at Newcastle United where he could establish himself as a modern day club legend.

If he turns his back on the club in their time of need, however, it won't be forgotten.

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