Newcastle have hope of Matty Longstaff U-turn despite Udinese contract talks

Newcastle United are reportedly hopeful that Matty Longstaff will return to the club, despite having left as a free agent.

Longstaff left St James’ Park at the end of his contract and Serie A side Udinese are believed to have offered the midfielder a deal.

Leeds United, who have been promoted back to the Premier League, have also reportedly held talks with the 20-year-old.

Though The Sun report that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce remains hopeful that he can keep Longstaff in the north-east.

It’s claimed that Longstaff was on just £850 a week but Newcastle have now offered him a vastly improved deal.

The Sun add that the new package is incentive-laden with a base £20,000-a-week for the midfielder.

Bruce had previously said: “I have had a conversation with him and I’m sure there will be other people outside, having other conversations with him.

“I know that the club have offered him a fantastic contract, for a young player who has just burst onto the scene.

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“So mine is all about the opportunity and what’s in front of him on his career path, I have been the one that put him in the team, gave him his debut.

“It was wonderful how he took it but he is a young player who is not a first team regular. I am desperate for him to stay.

“He is a Newcastle boy, he is Newcastle through and through. let’s hope we can get it over the line, let’s hope Matty thinks the same way too.

“I’m sure there are other influences outside the club which might be saying otherwise.

“In my opinion, this is the club for him, he’s seen a way through very quickly. Let’s hope he can commit to it.

“We hope he is going to commit himself to Newcastle going forward.

“I’m sure his head might be turned by this, that or the other, and we have to convince him on the football side that his future should lie here.”

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