Reports claim Newcastle United are in talks with two other players over the renewal of their current contracts at St James’ Park.
The Magpies have recently made new offers to a few players to keep them from going for nothing. Striker Dwight Gayle and defender Fabian Schar have already been proposed new conditions. And now it seems that Jacob Murphy and Federico fernandez may very well do the same. Murphy, 26, has been on the outskirts for most of the season.
The winger has made nine Premier League starts in 18 appearances. He scored a goal but seems to have done enough to win new terms on Tyneside.
Center-back Fernandez has suffered an injury this season. As a result, the former Argentina international has only seen 16 top-level outings.
At 32, it was thought his days in the Northeast might be numbered. But The Chronicle report that he is going also be offered a new contract.
And it has been suggested that the duo will sign their agreements “in the next few days.” This means the club are in the process of securing four players ahead of the summer transfer window.
There is always the possibility that Newcastle will cover themselves. With new offers in the bag, the Tynesiders can now demand a transfer fee should a club join the foursome.
The financial situation caused by the pandemic means that the clubs will have to be frugal. Owner Mike Ashley has made it clear that Steve Bruce will have to sell before recruiting.
Therefore, one of the four can still be dropped when the window opens.
The Gayle deal raises a few eyebrows
Reports that Gayle should have three more years at the club caught some by surprise. Having shone in the championship during the promotion season of the Magpies, he is now a full player.
The former Crystal Palace ace has only made three high-profile starts out of nine outings in 2020-21. The striker has only scored once and was in a rush to leave when his contract expired.
With Bruce’s team hovering just over the relegation zone, they may already be planning for life in the Championship. He’s a proven second-row scorer and could do a job if he is relegated.
There is still time for black and white men to get out of the mud. They are three points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham with a game in hand.
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