According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United have increased their offer in a bid to sign Matty Longstaff up to a new contract on Tyneside.
Luke Edwards’ ‘exclusive’ claims that the initial proposal – thought to be worth around £15,000-per-week – has now been upped to over £20,000, however he reports that this has been rejected by the player and his advisors ‘as things stand’.
The piece states that Matty’s ‘head has been turned by an ‘extravagant’ package’ from Italy, revealing how their £30,000 offer would not only make him Udinese’s highest paid player but see him earn a ‘sizeable signing on fee’.
It doesn’t quite add up considering his age and lack of experience, even if they are a struggling Serie A side, but Edwards then goes on to reveal that there’s a growing suspicion that he could eventually join Watford – a club also owned by the Pozzo family – ‘potentially as soon as January 2021’.
This seems to be a theory for now, however it would make sense given A) extravagant offer from Italy and B) the fact Udinese could sign him for a much lower fee than Watford, with European countries able to snap him up at a £400,000 compensation fee once his deal expires.
Another tedious saga that threatens to end in disappointment. Time to match Udinese’s offer to tie down our top local talent, or do you feel £20,000 is about right for a young prospect who’s only racked up nine appearances at senior level?