Kevin Phillips Exclusive: Newcastle must prioritise two deals amid big transfer development

Kevin Phillips has insisted Newcastle United should prioritise tying soon-available Matty Longstaff and his brother Sean to new contracts.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the Everton style of play would suit Matty but he is better off staying at St James’ Park.

The younger Longstaff will be out of contract next month and the Magpies are in danger of losing the talent on a free transfer.

As revealed by Football Insider, Everton are one of a number of top clubs interested in signing Matty for a nominal fee.

However, Carlo Ancelotti will have to wait after the Premier League released a statement confirming clubs can agree short-term deals with out of contract players until the end of the season.

When asked by Football Insider if a move to Goodison Park would tempt Matty, Phillips said: “If I am Newcastle you want to get both of the brothers tied down on deals because they have both shown quality.

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“It just depends on whether the new owners and manager see him in their plans.

“From an asset point of view get him tied down and you have got a good player on your books.

“Everton will only get better and better and they play a style of football that would suit Matty Longstaff.

“I would like to see him stay but if it was not to work out at Newcastle I think Everton would be a good choice.”

The central midfielder has scored twice in his seven first-team appearances this season.

Brother Sean Longstaff has also been in contract talks but with two years left on his deal, time is not of the essence.

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