Longstaff’s future was cast into doubt on Friday night, with The Mail reporting that his new agent will pursue a potential move to Spurs for the midfielder if contract discussions continue to stall.
As for Murphy, he’s forced his way back into Bruce’s squad since the summer, but is one of several players at risk of leaving on a free next summer if no new deal is agreed.
Lee Ryder actually states that Murphy’s agent, Jamie Moralee, is eyeing a ‘lucrative long-term contract’ for his client – something that some would argue he doesn’t yet deserve after only showing glimpses since returning from a successful loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.
Tying Murphy down to a new deal would be a smart move when it comes to protecting his value, with him still worth a fair few million and likely to receive interest from several top Championship sides, however a ‘lucrative’ deal doesn’t feel like something he’s likely to land just yet.
Back to Longstaff, The Chronicle insist that he is still focused on a future at Newcastle United and a new deal – despite claims super agent Pini Zahavi will push for a big move away.