Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff has begun changing agent amid growing uncertainty over his future at St. James’ Park, according to Sky Sports.
The youngster is due to be out of contract in the summer, at which point his services will be on the market for a compensation fee of just £350,000, owed to the Magpies for his development.
A handful of sides in Italy are noted as having shown an interest in signing the 20-year-old if he does not agree on new terms with the Toon, while TEAMtalk have proposed that Arsenal, Everton and West Ham are also interested in Longstaff and that Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Club Brugge have already made contact.
Head coach Steve Bruce is known to admire Longstaff and is hopeful that the academy graduate makes a decision on his future over purely footballing reasons, not financial, although Sky Sports claim no firm contract has yet been put forward by the club.
Longstaff is now believed to be taking action over his uncertain future by changing representatives and leaving Beswicks Sports Ltd., who also represent brother Sean, plus AFC Bournemouth’s Phillip Billing and Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez.
Sky Sports do not currently know if Longstaff’s plans are in order to see that he signs a new contract at St. James’ Park, but TEAMtalk claimed the Rotherham-born midfielder is ready to leave Tyneside when his terms expire this summer.
Sky Sports’ report of Longstaff, and brother Sean, making moves to leave Beswicks Sports Ltd. and sign with new representatives will likely come as a blow for Bruce, as it would appear the 19-year-old is ready to leave as TEAMtalk claim.
It will likely be of no surprise if they do leave their current agency, with Beswicks Sports Ltd. frequently failing to get rumoured deals for the pair over the line in the past year.
While under Beswicks Sports Ltd., Sean penned his current £25,000-per-week terms on the back of his graduation into the senior fold, though the agency have been unable to secure the £80k-p/w deal that was touted after the club slapped a £50million valuation on him following interest from Manchester United last summer.
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Beswicks Sports Ltd. also failed to secure Matty the contract that was said to be weeks away in November, and have since been unable to circumnavigate the impasse that rose despite reports in February suggesting Longstaff was ready to put pen to paper if reasonable terms – in the region of £25,000-per-week – could be agreed.
Time will tell if Longstaff’s plans to change representatives are in the hopes of earning a new contract at St. James’ Park, but the current picture is rather bleak.
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