Kevin Phillips has tipped Matty Longstaff to sign an improved ideal at Newcastle United despite Udinese’s lucrative contract offer.

The former England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the Magpies could “not afford” to let a player of his calibre and age leave for such a nominal fee.

Sky Sports revealed that the 20-year-old has been offered a deal by Udinese believed to be in the region of £30,000-a-week with a signing-on fee.

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 was adamant the midfielder would want to stay on Tyneside if the club offered him a worthy deal.

“I am pretty sure that the player wants to stay at Newcastle and, from what I gather, his team and his agent have put a deal to the club that they think they are worth,” he told Football Insider.

“He wants it done as quickly as possible in case there is a takeover of managerial change.

“From the club’s point of view, you cannot afford to let good young players leave, especially for that sort of money.

“I would be very, very surprised if they do not come to some sort of agreement that is close to what the player is looking for.

“I hope that he ends up staying at Newcastle. It is always a tough one but I really hope that they put him on a decent contract and look after him.”

Longstaff, who is out of contract on 30 June, would cost potential suitors just a £400,000 compensation fee.

The England Under-20 international has scored three goals in 12 appearances under Steve Bruce this campaign.

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has tipped a two-time Champions League winner to make switch to St James’ Park.