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Newcastle in Longstaff deadlock

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Newcastle  are yet to break the deadlock in their discussions over new contracts for the Longstaff brothers, according to the Chronicle.

Both Sean and Matty are understood to be the subject of talks with the Magpies, with the elder sibling a target for Manchester United, as per Sky Sports.

His younger brother, who has just broken into the first team, is believed to be a higher priority, however, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

That means he can talk to European clubs in January, and a move could be triggered for as little as £400,000 if a new is not agreed before then.

OPINION

It is absolutely imperative that the Longstaffs are tied down to new deals. Not only do they add something different to the centre of the park in a footballing sense, but it’s important for a team like the  to have players that can fully get behind. The pair fit that criteria perfectly, and having two local lads, not to mention brothers, flourishing is a real morale boost for the Toon Army. Lots has been written about Sean since his breakout last season, and he is a key figure for this side, but keeping Matty could prove to be just as important. The 19-year-old hasn’t looked out of place at all in the Premier League, and while he may have struggled to recapture the heights of his debut against Manchester United, when he got a Whoscored rating of 8.05, he looks like he is sticking around for the long haul. Let’s just hope that future at the top includes his boyhood club. 

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