By Danny Wright
Newcastle are close to securing the future of midfielder Sean Longstaff, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that the Magpies are willing to offer the 19-year-old a new professional deal at St. James’ Park following a successful loan spell with Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.
It is understood that the Championship title winners want to send the teenager back on loan once more as he continues his development.
The Daily Mail have previously reported that a number of second-tier sides are circling the Magpies man as his contract was set to expire in the summer.
The Chronicle claims that League One side Bury are in pole position to snap Longstaff up on a temporary deal in the summer as their current boss Lee Clark was in charge of Kilmarnock when he signed him at Rugby Park.
Longstaff made 11 appearances for the Newcastle Under-23 side in Premier League 2 this season, scoring six goals and supplying three assists before he was sent north of the border.
He played 16 times in all competitions for Killie, scoring three goals with the latest coming in the 2-1 win over Inverness last week.
The Newcastle-born playmaker, who can also play on the left wing, has never made a senior first-team appearance in English football.
However he, along with Fred Woodman and Cal Roberts, will potentially be sent back on loan over the summer for more experience.
Football Insider Verdict
Longstaff proved in his spell at Rugby Park that he can be a really good future prospect for the Tynesiders and tying him down for years to come is definitely the correct move. He would struggle to get Premier League football next season so a temporary stint at a club like Bury could see him make serious improvements to his game. There will be some big teams in League One come August like Blackburn and Wigan, so playing against sides like that is better than him staying in the Under-23 team. Newcastle have to start bringing youngsters through their academy because it’s something they haven’t done enough of recently.