Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff is earning just £850-per-week at the club on his current contract, according to The Sun.
The newspaper claims that the 19-year-old is still on the contract he signed in the summer of 2018, the first professional deal of his career.
The Magpies are eager to tie the teenager down to fresh terms as quickly as possible after his stunning goalscoring breakthrough against Manchester United last weekend.
His current deal expires at the end of the season and so he’d be free to talk with foreign clubs come January.
It’s no surprise that the younger Longstaff isn’t on much money at this moment in time. It’s all relative, of course, because most people would love to be on £850 a week. However, that’s no money at all for a Premier League player. The thing is, though, he’s still a youth player essentially. He’s on professional terms that weren’t signed all that long ago, but the problem is that his deal expires at the end of the campaign. Newcastle obviously want to secure his long-term future and are ready to open contract talks with that intention, but he could opt to move elsewhere come January. Going abroad is all the rage for young English players, with plenty of them fancying themselves the next Jadon Sancho. You wouldn’t have thought that Longstaff would do that, being a local Newcastle lad, but the threat is always there. He will want to be rewarded for making the step up to the first team and rightly so, because £850 is nothing for a player of his ability.