Newcastle United have reportedly opened discussions with Sean Longstaff over a new Magpies contract, according to The Times.

Longstaff attracted serious interest from Manchester United over the summer and currently earns £25,000-a-week after signing a previous deal in December.

However, the Magpies could now be ready to increase the midfielder’s wage to around £80,000-a-week, making him one of the top earners at St James’ Park.

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Sean’s youngster brother, Matty, is also in line for a new Magpies deal after impressing in a variety of positions in the club’s youth side last season.

But would handing the Manchester United target a new lucrative deal prove to be one of the best pieces of business on Tyneside in years?

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In short, yes, yes it would.

The 21-year-old clearly has a bright future ahead of him and he’s shown that with some eye-catching displays, so tieing him down to a new long-term deal would be a great move.

The player himself would get a bumper salary increase, so if the two parties can agree on new terms, the player could go on to cement himself as a Newcastle regular over the next five years.

Becoming one of the club’s top earners in a new deal would also probably see Newcastle increase their £50 million valuation of the youngster, meaning Manchester United may not come back knocking in January.

If the club can get a new deal sorted over the coming months, it may well prove to be one of the best pieces of business by the Magpies in a very long time.

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