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Sean Longstaff is delaying signing a new long-term deal with Newcastle United because he wants reassurance about how much game time he will get if he rejects a free transfer.

Chronicle Live reports that the Toon have submitted a new contract to retain the midfielder on Tyneside.

Longstaff, on the other hand, is still yet to commit his future to the Magpies, despite his current contract expiring at the end of the season after more than a decade at the club.

Longstaff joined United’s academy as a youngster, but has only had a little involvement this season.

The 24-year-old has made 21 Premier League outings, although only 12 of them have been starts. In addition, he has only made three starts in eight appearances in 2022.

Longstaff is set to become a free agent in June, and Newcastle are keen to keep him.

A deal to keep the North Shields-born technician at St James’ Park is in the works. However, he has yet to put pen to paper as he awaits Eddie Howe’s plan for him.

According to The New York Times, talks between the Saudi-led United hierarchy and his officials have been ongoing since March.

After the previous St. James’ leadership structure failed to negotiate a new contract, Howe and senior Newcastle executives are eager to agree on new terms.

On terms negotiated in 2018, Longstaff makes up to £25k per week as one of Newcastle’s lowest-paid first-team players.

According to The New York Times, he should get a significant pay raise with a new deal, which also says it will be a four-year contract after recent success in talks.

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