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The Athletic Name Two Clubs Ready To Pounce For Young Magpie This Summer



Yesterday, it was revealed that Newcastle had yet to approach Federico Fernandez about a contract extension despite the Argentine having just four months remaining on his current deal.

The Athletic’s Chris Waugh has just written a report about another Magpie with only four months left. That is 19-year-old local lad Matty Longstaff, who is reportedly receiving a lot of interest from some top clubs in Europe.

Matty is still on the £850 a week deal he signed in 2018. Despite being free to leave for just a compensation fee this summer, Newcastle have yet to reach a breakthrough in negotiations with the youngster.

The Geordie midfielder made his debut in the Carabao Cup in August but his breakthrough came a month later against Manchester United. Matty made his league debut and smashed in the game-winner for the struggling Magpies.


He went on to start the next two matches before being dropped for the win at West Ham when Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden came back into the team. He’s since been a bit-part player; however, his rise to the first-team has hampered negotiations with his hometown club.

Newcastle are reportedly offering more than they generally do for someone of Longstaff’s age. However, his representatives are holding out for a deal they feel better represents his status as a first-team player.

The situation could turn tragic for Newcastle fans if something is not worked out soon. The Athletic is reporting both Inter Milan and Marseille are very interested in signing Matty this summer.

Newcastle need to sort this situation out and get Matty signed up long term.

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16 comments so far

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Jib

    That’s quite the list but apart McGinn and Maguire it’s not very inspiring as the others wouldn’t improve what we have. One of them we do have.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Hib,
    How many of those players you mentioned were signed in the Championship or in the PL and helped relegate Hull because they weren’t yet ready for the PL. So if he does spot the next Andy Robertson, who’s to say he’s going to be PL ready.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Hib???
    Jib

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Bill’s again citing the lack of success of another club chasing it to justify our complete lack of ambition. His claim of, unless being bought by a mega rich billionaire we won’t be any better off. Well guess what, we’re owned by one who’s actually worth more than the Leicester owners and twice what the Everton owner is, so that blows that theory right out the window. The truth is that Mike Ashley is doing very nicely indeed out of us while running us on fumes and doesn’t give a foot about the footballing side or expanding us. It was heart breaking seeing that huge plane in BKK airport decked out in the Leicester livery for millions of passengers to admire on their way through the place.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Trent1211

    I’m not putting a downer on a takeover, I’m just pointing out that spending big money doesn’t guarantee anything…

    Unless you have the money to buy the likes of Aguerro, De Bruyne, Salah, Van Dyk etc. in their prime.

    Buying even £40M players these days – as we know – is no guarantee you won’t get a dud.

    My point is that Everton prove that.

    That’s why I want a takeover from the likes of the Saudi’s because it will take at least three seasons – as it did with City – and possibly £500M net to build a true top 6 team that can challenge the current Prem elite.

    A takeover from just another muti-millionaire or asset rich and relatively cash poor billionaire (ie Ashley) runs the danger of leaving us no better off than where we are now.

    2
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Dont forget it’s the taking part that counts, not winning.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail,

    I’ve just read you post after finishing mine above.

    I was waiting for you to come in with a negative slant and I’only had to read the first 10 words to know the nonsense you’d be spouting.

    In no way is my take on Everton a way of justifying Ashley’s lack of ambition – it’s the exact opposite.

    I also see you totally ignored my question yesterday as to why you continue yo direct posts at me as if I had the same views as five years ago. That just tells me you have a closed mind obsession with trying to prove some point that doesn’t exist.

    It’s the same as ridiculing somebody for believing the Earth is flat five years after they’ve publicly admitted it is round.

    Seriously, WHAT is the point and WHAT are you trying to achieve by refusing to accept this often repeated statement of mine…

    ASHLEY HAS NO AMBITION FOR THE CLUB – I WANT HIM OUT – ASAP.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    OP

    That’s very true, my old primary school teacher said so.

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  • Jib

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Bruce is having his presser before training
    So media can be banished from Benton before his
    last training session which will likely focus on tactics
    and formation.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Droppy

    Isn’t it the mantra of all professional sports people.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    OP

    The ones that don’t win all have that mantra, the ones who are serial winners don’t seem to say it too often.

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  • Jib

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Steve Bruce injuries: “Andy is not going to make it but the rest of the squad have trained and will be OK Jonjo Shelvey and Javier Manquillo back.”

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Heres proof Bruce is useless in the transfer market. This is a list of his best signings, several who massively flourished after he stopped managing them and others who just were nothing soecial.

    John McGinn Ahmed Elmohanedy Robert Snodgrass Robbie Brady
    David Stockdale Shane Long Harry Maguire Abel Hernandez Mo Diamé
    Isaac Hayden

    Thanks jib

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    thats in a twenty year career

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 28, 2020 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail,

    You miss the point totally by saying Everton’s owner has less dosh than Ashley.

    THEY’VE WON NOWT SINCE HE’S BEEN THERE.

    They had to bring Ancellotti in because they were worried about relegation.

    And, Ancellottit is no guarantee of breaking into the top 6 – he is no Guardiola or Klopp.

    Leicester have done fantastically well since Rodgers came in – but it will be really interesting to see how they cope once Vardy isn’t around. It is very noticeable that his goals sparked their revival under Rodgers and his lack of them has seen them take only 8pts from their last 7 games and they’ve been easily beaten at home by LPool and City.

    If Leicester don’t replace Vardy with a similar class of striker they could become just another top half of the table team.

    So, I’ll say it again, yes another owner could see us competing higher up the Prem than under Ashley…

    But breaking into the top 6, getting into the Champs Lge and winning trophies is getting harder every year.

    It will take massive, massive investment to take NUFC where we all want them to be.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 28, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #16

    From Jail….

    Hib,
    How many of those players you mentioned were signed in the Championship or in the PL and helped relegate Hull because they weren’t yet ready for the PL. So if he does spot the next Andy Robertson, who’s to say he’s going to be PL ready.

    ….what an utterly stupid point.

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