Kevin Phillips admitted he was shocked when he heard that Udinese had table Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff a lucrative contract.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international suggested the 20-year-old will have worries over a new manager arriving at St. James’ Park if a takeover is completed.
Sky Sports revealed that the academy graduate, who currently earns just £850-a-week, has been offered a deal by Udinese believed to be in the region of £30,000-a-week with a signing-on bonus.
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Newcastle’s original contract offer was just half of that but The Telegraph now claim they have come back with an improve offer worth over £20,000-a-week.
Phillips insisted the Series A side would be getting a bargain with the compensation fee said to be only £400,000 for Longstaff.
“I was shocked,” he told Football Insider.
“You would not put Udinese as one of the biggest Italian clubs.
“I was surprised but they might be able to get him for £400,000 which is nothing to get a player of his quality.
“It would be a great lifestyle move for him but at his age he just wants to learn and play football.
“He will be thinking, that if the new owners come in and bring in a new manager, he might not be their kind of player.”
Udinese are struggling in the Italian top flight and are currently languishing in 14th place – three points above the relegation zone.
The England Under-20 international, who will be out of contract on 30 June, has scored three goals in 12 appearances under Steve Bruce this campaign.
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