By Matt Farr

Newcastle academy chief Peter Beardsley admits he wants youngster Tom Heardman to sign a new deal at the club.

The 21-year-old academy product is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning he is just weeks away from a potential departure from the club.

But with the main mountain set to learn of his future by the end of today, Beardsley has revealed he would like to see the striker remain on the books at St. James’ Park.

He praised him for his quiet approach to the game, and his understanding of his role at the club in comparison to the likes of big-name first-team duo Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy.

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.”

Beardsley did however, admit that the future of one of the club’s most exciting young prospects was out of his hands.

The towering forward, who stands at 6ft 4 inches, has been in fine form for Newcastle’s reserve side this season, netting six goals from 13 appearances.

But he has yet to break into the first-team setup and establish himself as part of Rafa Benitez’s plans, which raises doubts over his future role at the club.

Benitez has already revealed that he will be making a decision on his out of contract stars ‘soon’, with as many as four senior players coming to the end of their current deals.

Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic are the four players awaiting decisions on their futures.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the club have reportedly tabled an offer for this Premier League midfielder after a dazzling season.

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