By Matt Bullin

Newcastle have offered promising young striker Tom Heardman a new deal, according to a report.

The Chronicle claims the 21-year-old has been offered a new contract after he has impressed in the Under-23s this season.

The 6″4 imposing forward ended the season with six goals from 13 Premier League 2 appearances for Newcastle Under-23s, and spent time on loan at Hartlepool as well.

This comes after Newcastle legend Peter Beardsley had urged the club to sign him up before his current deal runs out this summer.

Beardsley told the Chronicle: “In terms of whether he stays it won’t totally be my decision. I would recommend he stays for another year.

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“That would be my opinion. We like him and everything about him. He’s not loud or busy or full of himself. He gets it and he knows he’s not a Mitrovic or Daryl Murphy. But he has his own positives if you like.”

Heardman played a starring role for the Under-23s and helped them finish third in the Premier League 2’s second tier.

Football Insider verdict

Heardman is certainly a bright prospect and Newcastle are right to hold onto him. Despite struggling in League Two with Hartlepool, he looked an impressive player for the Toon’s Under-23s and was one of their key men. The fact he has Beardsley’s backing will help him too, the man is a club legend and the fans and coaching staff will listen to what he has said about Heardman. However it is doubtful the 21-year-old will play much of a role in the senior squad next season, although he will have further opportunities to impress Rafa Benitez should he sign the deal.

In other Newcastle transfer news, Benitez has tabled a £10million bid for this midfielder.

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