Newcastle are believed to have offered a ‘significant improvement’ on the youngsters old £800-per-week contract and Hardy expects him to sign a new deal in the coming days.
According to Hardy, negotiations opened up again last week, with Steve Bruce desperate for the youngster to stay on Tyneside and persuading him to re-sign.
It is believed that Longstaff snubbed Serie A side Udinese – who were believed to be offering around £30,000 in comparison to our £20,000 – and knocked back interest from Leeds United in favour of playing once again for his boyhood club. Newcastle would have only received a cut price £400,000 in compensation for the 20 year old.
Only time will tell what the future holds for Longstaff, but it at least feels like he’s finally made the right decision to settle a saga that should never have dragged on this long.
Hopefully, he can build on his 9 appearances and 2 goals last term with consistent first team minutes after a frustrating 2020 so far.