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Local Lad Rejects Newcastle’s Increased Offer – Takeover Uncertainty Is Costing Club



Yesterday, it was revealed that Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff was offered a five-year deal worth £30k/week by Udinese.

Matty is in the final month of his £800/wk deal. The Serie A club will have to pay Newcastle only a £400k compensation fee.

Newcastle had refused to budge on their initial offer of £15k/week, which the 20-year-old has summarily rejected. This offer has been on the table since earlier in the season.

Today, Luke Edwards with the Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle have increased their contract offer to the local lad to £20k/week.

Unfortunately, Edwards also discloses that Matty has turned down this offer. To make matters worse, the midfielder would receive a significant signing-on fee by moving to the North East of Italy.

Edwards also adds that the true motive for the offer to Longstaff could have to do with him eventually moving to Watford, who is owned by the Pozzo family, which also owns Udinese.

Watford would have to pay a larger fee for Matty. So that is the hypothesis of why Udinese would proffer such a large contract to a youngster with only 12 first-team appearances.

Matty has seemingly had his head turned by Udinese’s offer, but he still may prefer to stay on Tyneside. The report adds that those close to Longstaff have sought clarity on Newcastle’s takeover from Lee Charnley.

This takeover has dragged on for quite some time and there’s just no concrete information to come from the Premier League. So this could end up costing Newcastle one of their top youngsters.

However, maybe there’s a way Matty and Newcastle can compromise to keep him at his hometown club. Though it’s getting more and more likely that he’ll be on his way after June 30th.

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267 comments so far

  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Interesting theory about the WTO report I read today, it’s very likely the premier league will be quoting the report’s findings in their own legal approval documents so they will have to wait until this is public to publish their own.

    I don’t know if this is correct but would make sense I suppose. So they can have their approval all ready (they have been given the full report early) but can’t publish it until the WTO report is public?

    Anyone cleverer than me have any thoughts?

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #2

    If Matty rejects £20k a week he can get himself away in my opinion!

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Still say clubs dont buy players when they are in danger of relegation. they wait to find out which division they will be in the following season and what their budgets will be and if they will be working with greatly reduced revenues – especailly in a post-covid world.

    Both Udinese and Watford could be playing 2nd division footy next year.

    still feels like his agent is doing a Rooney, he was close to leaving around 4 or 5 times but each time ended up with a bigger contract at Man U.

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  • JohnJ

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #4

    If I was in Mattie’s shoes I would perhaps accept a short term contract with Newcastle United on better terms but with the proviso that there was a review after say 12 months when hopefully we have new owners!

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Well not cleverer than you Captain but my thought is the WTO’s stuff is completely sideways as an issue to the O&D test.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not basing this on anything I’ve read or been told but purely a hunch. I think he’s holding out for his brother to be paid the same. If one is on 25K a week while the other is on 2K a week then it doesn’t seem right.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Any youngster would leave for the better of their career.

    Our training pitch and gym and infrastructure is worse than a few championship clubs.

    Expect him to take ice baths in wheelie bins? Good luck matty.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #8

    What happened between PST 6 & 8? There’s a gap.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Post 6&8

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ll give Bill’s Son is Back one thing, he does know his football. So how on earth he’s decided we’re going to be one of the top six performers post Covid is beyond me. We are and have been dreadful all season bar the last two games against a champo team and ten men. We can only thank our lucky stars that Brucey has been the luckiest manager since records began.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Is there a delay?
    Communicating by smoke signals or homing pigeon?
    E mails phooked? Phones broken?
    That might explain the problem.
    Lawyers self isolating and fearful of virus funnelling down phones.?
    Or is it something else?

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    WUM glitch in the matrix tsunki

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  • Mund

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Cap

    Have you been keeping up Caulkin?

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t get the hype around either of the Longstaff brothers.

    Take Matty’s goals away (and he is defo a decent finisher) and I fail to see much else that he contributed or special skills that he showed.

    He doesn’t tackle, dribble or hit long balls.

    Matty might be very tidy technically but you need a lot more than that to be a good Prem player, he reminds me a bit of Colback but without the bite and fiery attitude.

    Sean did well last season but again, IMO, he was over-hyped and I’d have sold him in a heartbeat to ManU for the £25M-£35M they supposedly offered.

    I think there is a bit of Ashley bashing behind not throwing the kitchen sink at Matty to keep him, if he wasn’t a local lad I doubt the clamour for his staying would be the same.

    £20K a week + bonuses for a 19 year old that has shown nothing exceptional and with just 12 Prem games is a very good offer IMO.

    He should take it.

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  • Mund

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #15

    I mentioned on previous thread if your interested

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley bashing!! 😮 can’t have that on your watch BSIB.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    if the clubs offered him 20 grand a week and hes rejected that then off you go son, there is no way in hell id offer him more then 15 grand a week hes hardly played maybe scored a goal but I dont give a monkies his brother can go as well for much use he is, played about 17 games and becomes a world superstar my arse he can go to north italy as well

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #18

    the crown princes nashers,
    I think he’d snap their hands off for 20K a week, he wants his brother on the same though but the smug Churnley is thinking we’ve already tied him down, he’s getting foot all extra.

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #20

    His agents turned him IMO let him go there’s another down the pecking order waiting to jump up the ladder.

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  • Swlabr

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Jimiley…..”In the meantime the league is hoping that their tardiness will embarrass and piss off the Arabs to such an extent that they walk away and write off the 17 million which is not that much to them. It’s clear to me the league does not want the deal to happen but they are terrified they will be sued”.
    Is that a fact?.

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  • DaveD1000

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    it’s a shame Ginger Jack wasn’t given a years extension like he has been forthe last 30 years

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom omg I’m heartbroken the hanger on is away.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #24

    I remember the time when gorden lee jumped ship and buggered off to everton, when he went all the players teamed up and demanded richard dinnis to take over and look what happened there he was way out of his depth and that was due to the players demanding, not long after dinnis was sacked bill mcgarry come along and soon sorted out all the players, these days players have to much to say and are payed well over how much there worth

    notts forrest started this lark off buy paying just over 1m for francis and its steamrolled ever since, about time players got on with there job and with a contract that doesnt bankrupt clubs

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  • JohnJ

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #25

    geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 5:59 PM
    Comment #19

    Not before time eh?

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26

    thank god for that tom

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Northumbrian …

    not before time mate , he’ll end up at Forest steal a living there …

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Nothing like washing your dirty linen in public.
    How on earth does Luke Edward or anyone know the details of private wage negotiations.
    Could he tell us his source ?

    New Agents are tarting Matty round the clubs to boost his value and to try to earn themselves a fat wedge off the back of his ability.

    He can’t possibly know his position with potential new owners so would be best advised ( isn’t that what his Agent should be saying ) to sit tight and see what they have to say and who the manager will be and what the opportunities will be.

    Be part of a Top 4 Premier League Club or Udinese ?

    Tawdry.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #30

    JohnJ …

    agree totally mate …

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Unless Spurs can be reasonable and let Rose stay under his current terms until the season is finished then he’s away as well.
    Paul Dummet is back so Rose is another one who need to think on or jog on.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Mark …

    its seams like a popular decision to let him go i cant for the life of me think why 😀 😀 😀

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Dave only 30 😀

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Luke Edwards in the know ? – the telegraph break most of the real news

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #35

    and sterry as well he on his way out…

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  • Jib

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Newcastle FA Cup tie live on BBC

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  • Jib

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #37

    The FA cup semi finals are to be played at Wembley over the weekend
    of July 18th and 19th, with the Final at the same venue on August 1st.

    Just a vague possibility that restrictions may be lifted to allow a crowd

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  • Jib

    Jun 3, 2020 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Tom
    Sorry old chap
    but that is not a good little read
    It’s a pig-ignorant knob-head being offensive and rude about the PL
    I wonder if jail lesh or tsunki have anything to do with that blog

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