There is a promising report in the Express today that cites Italian website TuttoUdinese’s claim that Newcastle have matched Udinese’s contract offer to Matty Longstaff.
According to the report, Udinese no longer have an interest in the 20-year-old due to Newcastle’s surging efforts to resign the local lad. We’re not quite sure why Udinese would suddenly drop their interest, but hopefully, the claim that Newcastle have upped their offer is accurate.
Newcastle appear to be moving forward with their summer business despite the pending takeover. You can’t really blame them as they don’t want to be left behind should the takeover get nixed by the Premier League.
Yesterday, Steve Bruce confirmed that local lad Mark Gillespie will be returning to Newcastle this summer. The goalkeeper was a free agent after a two-year spell in Scotland with Motherwell.
Last week it was announced that Andy Carroll and Javier Manquillo had signed extensions, with Javier’s being a new four-year contract. Both players were on contracts set to expire at the end of this campaign.
Hopefully, there’s something in this recent claim about Matty Longstaff. Steve Bruce has been pushing the midfielder to stay at Newcastle despite the interest from abroad.
This is what Bruce recently had to say about Matty’s situation:
“The ball is in Matty’s hands,” said Newcastle head coach Bruce.
“I’ve gone public with it; I think we’ve made him a wonderful offer and for me, it should be his way forward in his career.
“Being a Newcastle lad and having the season he’s just had, it’s his way forward.
“Of course we would all love him to stay but, as young as he is, it’s his prerogative.
“If players want to run down their contract there’s not much we can do as a club.
“We’ve done everything we possibly can. The rest is up to Matty, it’s for him to decide.”
If Matty does decide to stay a Magpie, then that’ll be three players sorted for next season. We’ll have the makings of a decent squad that can be significantly enhanced with three or four top signings this summer if this takeover gets approved once and for all.