'Absolute priority' - Newcastle United CEO & co-owners negotiating deal for £40m midfielder

Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Joelinton is out of contract at Newcastle United in the summer of 2025.

Eddie Howe says securing Joelinton's long-term future at Newcastle United is an "absolute priority" for him.

The Magpies' head coach admitted last month there is a possibility Joelinton has played his last game for United. The Brazilian is in a race against time to play again this season after undergoing thigh surgery and is out-of-contract next summer.

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Talks have taken place over a new deal but, as it stands, the two parties remain some way apart from an agreement. With Dan Ashworth departing St James' Park last week, CEO Darren Eales and co-owners Amanda Staveley & Mehrdad Ghodoussi have been tasked with finding a solution.

And Howe is desperate for the 27-year-old to extend his stay on Tyneside having first arrived from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for a then club-record £40million.

“That’s always been in my mind as an absolute priority to try and get him to stay at the club long-term," said Howe. "I see that as hugely important."

Asked who would handle the negotiations in Ashworth's absence, Howe confirmed: "I think it’ll be a mixture of Darren Eales and probably Amanda and Mehrdad."

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Joelinton has scored 25 times and provided 15 assists in 180 appearances for Newcastle. Last year, Joelinton made his Brazil debut.

“We’ve missed Joe’s qualities, especially physical - his robustness, his ability in duels, set plays for and against… I think we’re very lucky to have a midfielder as big and competitive as he is," said Howe.

"Whenever you lose those qualities I think you notice when they’re not there. He’s a very unusual midfielder really, you don’t get many like him and we’ve missed what he can bring."

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