The newspaper claims that discussions have not been progressing well with the 21-year-old midfielder as the Magpies aim to get him tied down to an improved six-year deal.
Longstaff’s current contract does not expire until 2022 but amid his good form and interest from Manchester United, Newcastle want to agree a fresh deal to potentially kill off any transfer speculation.
Longstaff has become one of the most important players in the side at St James’ Park since his emergence under Rafa Benitez’s leadership last season. Steve Bruce has made the 21-year-old a key part of his midfield with him starting all but three of the club’s Premier League fixtures this season. Longstaff was particularly impressive before the international break when he and his brother Matty linked up in the midfield for the first time in the 1-0 win against Manchester United. It remains to be seen why these contract talks have hit a wall but surely with the player still having plenty of time left on his current terms, the hurdles can be overcome before it is too late. Longstaff is a boyhood Newcastle fan and playing regular Premier League football. There’s no rush for him to sign new terms yet, especially with him having two and a half years left on his current contract.