Scott Wilson’s piece states that, as things stand, Andy Carroll is ‘unlikely’ to receive a new contract, while Dwight Gayle looks increasingly likely to be moved on this summer.
Elsewhere, the report claims club chiefs will make a ‘final push’ to keep Matty Longstaff soon after the 20-year-old ‘rejected’ our most recent contract offer.
Here’s a snippet from the Northern Echo’s article:
As things stand, it is unlikely that Andy Carroll will be offered a new contract, and there is also a good chance of Dwight Gayle finally moving on.
If both players were to leave, that would leave the Magpies extremely light in the forward positions.
The Newcastle hierarchy will make a final push to hold on to Matty Longstaff, with Arsenal having become the latest top-flight club to be linked with the 20-year-old, who is currently due to become a free agent at the end of June.
Longstaff rejected the Magpies’ most recent contract offer, with Bruce conceding talks had reached “an impasse” at the start of the month.
These claims regarding Carroll don’t quite match up with what the Chronicle were reporting a few days ago – with Lee Ryder suggesting there’s a feeling behind the scenes the striker could yet trigger an extension – but it must be said that his 2020 has been a nightmare so far.
Not only has he barely featured since the turn of the year, with a hamstring injury his latest issue, the postponement of Premier League games mean he may not get a chance to show NUFC chiefs he can stay fit and still make an impact on the pitch.
As for Gayle, Steve Bruce has spoke highly about the 29-year-old on several occasions since he took the job, but the striker’s done little to prove his top flight doubters wrong in recent weeks.
He’s shown good movement and has worked hard, helping us create more chances at the top end of the pitch, but his finishing has let him down far too often, with him missing several big chances during starts against Burnley and Southampton.
For Matty Longstaff, a situation that should’ve been simple appears to have reached a pretty last ditch stage.
Hopefully common sense prevails and the two parties can agree on something – especially if we’re preparing to get round the table one last time.