Some positive news has arrived from The Telegraph, who report that Isaac Hayden, Federico Fernandez and DeAndre Yedlin are in talks over potential new deals at Newcastle United – with their contracts set to expire in less than 10 months time.
The piece also states that Dwight Gayle will opt to ‘see out his contract’ at the club – which expires next summer – rather than trying to get a move elsewhere in this window.
It’s claimed the 30-year-old has chosen to ‘fight for his place’ this year after just 10 starts across 2019/20, however it looks more likely that he’ll leave on a free next summer – not earn an unlikely new deal as a 31-year-old in 2021.
The Telegraph say he’s attracted interest from an array of clubs in the Premier League and Championship, with newly relegated Bournemouth said to be considering a move for the undoubtedly prolific Championship goalscorer.
More importantly, new deals are imperative for Hayden and Fernández, who form the core of the team and are two of our most consistent players.
A deal for Hayden would end any speculation of a potential move down South and protect his value if nothing else, while Fernandez is another who’s worthy of another extension after being arguably our best defender cross 2019/20.
A new contract for Yedlin may split fan opinion and seem odd given he’s been expected to move on this summer. Perhaps Bruce is going to give him another chance following Krafth’s struggles, or it may be that the club are simply way of losing him for free next year should no buyer arrive this summer.