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Sean Longstaff set for bumper Newcastle pay rise after Man Utd fail in transfer pursuit

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Longstaff was the subject of heavy transfer speculation this summer linking him with a move to Old Trafford, but the 21-year-old stayed put at boyhood club Newcastle.

Having valued Longstaff at around £50million when Manchester United came calling, the Magpies are now willing to improve the terms of the four-year contract he signed back in December.

That deal reportedly earned Longstaff £25,000 per week but, with United so heavily interested in the youngster’s services, Newcastle are set to up that figure to as much as £80,000, according to the Times.

This would mean Longstaff would now be earning the same as fellow midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

The Ex-Liverpool and Swansea playmaker was the club’s highest-earner until record signing Joelinton made the move to St James’ Park in a £40m deal from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

Longstaff enjoyed an excellent debut campaign last season, breaking into Newcastle’s first-team and netting two goals in 11 appearances.

Unfortunately, a knee injury ended his season prematurely but the midfielder is now fully fit and started Newcastle’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal at the weekend.

Longstaff’s younger brother, Matty, is also expected to be offered a new contract at the club, with the 19-year-old’s current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

The teenager has starred for Newcastle’s youth set-up in a variety of positions, having played at right-back, central-midfield, left-wing and number 10.

He was not allowed to leave on loan last January amid offers from Falkirk and Bury and the youngster has put himself in first-team contention after an excellent pre-season display.

New boss Steve Bruce is said to be a big fan of Longstaff and, after he scored his first senior goal in a friendly against St Etienne, Bruce said: “I’m delighted for him.

“When I came in and joined the group in China, I was watching training and I said: ‘Who's this little ginger one in the middle of the pitch?’

“He's full of enthusiasm and full of life. He plays the game with a smile like only a local Geordie can. He's been terrific, absolutely terrific. To score like that means his mam and dad will be mighty proud of him and rightly so.

When asked if Longstaff could have a role to play this season, Bruce said: “All young players need to go out and play and get some sort of development.

“However, I think playing with better players and playing with the first team every day, he can improve here.

“And I am delighted with him.”

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