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Newcastle are said to be in talks with winger Jacob Murphy and midfielder Sean Longstaff about extending their respective stints at St James’ Park.
Longstaff has made more than 50 appearances with the club after taking the long road to the first team through loan spells at Kilmarnock and Blackpool.
He has struggled to deliver on the initial promise that had him tied to a £ 50 million move to Manchester United, but has gradually established himself as a major player, starting his last four matches before his trip to Aston Villa was postponed thanks to a COVID. -19 outbreak.
Meanwhile, Murphy returned to the Magpies in the summer after a fruitful loan at Sheffield Wednesday and has been a semi-regular on the team ever since. He was left on the bench for the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, but started all four of his previous league games and is believed to be highly regarded by Steve Bruce.
As it stands, Murphy’s deal ends in 2021, while Longstaff’s deal expires a year later, in 2022. The chronic, the club is willing to tie both players and is “in discussions” on new terms.
In Longstaff’s case, there have been rumors that he is eager to get out of St James’ Park, and could use his contract status as leverage. He recently signed up with Pini Zahavi’s agency, with the intention, says the Daily Mail, of engineering a move away from his childhood club.
Newcastle is understandably reluctant to sell the 23-year-old, but he may have no choice if he continues to resist an extension. This summer will see him enter the final year of his contract, and they would not be entitled to any compensation if he retired when it expires in 2022, given that he will be 24 years old by then.
Tottenham is the club Zahavi has in his sights for Longstaff and the Israeli agent feels that José Mourinho would be interested in a move.