Paul Robinson believes Newcastle United fans will be “really upset” if Matty Longstaff turns down a new deal on Tyneside in favour of a move to Udinese.
The former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the Toon Army have taken to the 20-year-old and given him a warm welcome at St. James’ Park.
Sky Sports revealed last week that the central midfielder has been offered a deal by Udinese believed to be in the region of £30,000-a-week with a signing-on bonus.
Newcastle’s original contract offer was just half of that figure but the club have reacted with an improved offer worth over £20,000-a-week.
The Athletic claim managing director Lee Charnley has contacted the midfielder’s representatives and identified an extension for Longstaff priority.
When asked by Football Insider if he saw a move to Serie A as beneficial for the Englishman, Robinson said: “I suspect that he could adapt to a move to Italy but I am shocked that he has been offered a contract at Udinese.
“He has come through the Newcastle academy and it seems like the talks have stalled but Udinese is a strange one and it has come out of nowhere.
“It could be financial or perhaps he would like the experience of playing there.
“I do not think it would sit well with the Newcastle fans if he left. It would really upset the fanbase. The fans love him up there and they have welcomed him into the team.”
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 in his debut campaign.
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