NUFC have had talks with brothers Sean and Matty Longstaff over new contracts, Steve Bruce has confirmed.
Older brother Sean has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, against whom Matty scored on his Premier League debut recently.
That was enough for Ashley to tie up the player, knowing the Mancs would have to buy out Sean's contract ... bringing in more dosh.
Newcastle recently handed a new deal to goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, and they could be about to do the same for the Longstaffs.
Bruce said: “[Managing director] Lee [Charnley] is in discussions with them – I think they’ve got the same agent, so there are discussions with the agent.
“But these things don’t take one day any more. With Martin, it’s taken the best part of two-and-a-half months. I’m quietly confident we will get there.
“They are two young lads who have obviously got a big, big future and we want to tie them up as best we can.”