Alan Hutton believes that Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff could leave the club this summer if the proposed takeover goes through.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 20-year-old faces a nervy wait as he heads into the final weeks of his contract at St James’ Park.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Premier League are close to signing off on the Saudi-backed takeover bid after an investigation into allegations of broadcast piracy.
The Premier League have confirmed that clubs may agree short-term extensions with players set to be out of contract this summer as a result of the shutdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Hutton insists the Magpies should hand the homegrown talent a deal until the end of the season but suggests he could be on his way under the new owners.
Asked if Newcastle should hand Longstaff a short-term deal, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think that’s the ideal situation for Newcastle. We don’t exactly know what’s going to happen with the takeover.
“If it does happen, you’re probably looking at them trying to bring people in so they’ll probably let him go but otherwise if it doesn’t they’ll need him.
“I think the smart option is to sign him up at the moment and then look to the future once you know the takeover’s going to happen. If it was me, I’d want to keep him at least until this season ends, whenever that might be.”
The younger brother of fellow midfielder Sean, the 20-year-old has come through the youth ranks to establish himself among the first-team setup this season.
He has a total of 12 appearances and three goals under his belt, including a winner against Manchester United on his Premier League debut.
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