Newcastle United hierarchy in talks with £40m star - Eddie Howe 'desperate' for a deal to happen

Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United want to tie the midfielder down to a new long-term contract.

Newcastle United's hierarchy remain in talks with Joelinton over extending his contract at St James' Park.

The Brazilian, who is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, is out-of-contract in 2025 and Magpies' head coach Eddie Howe admitted in January there is a possibility Joelinton has played his last game in black and white.

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With both parties previously some way apart from an agreement, optimism over a positive outcome is building.

Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

After sporting director Dan Ashworth was placed on gardening leave, CEO Darren Eales and co-owners Amanda Staveley & Mehrdad Ghodoussi have been tasked with finding a solution.

Howe confirmed talks are ongoing and reiterated his desire to see Joelinton remain on Tyneside long-term.

He said: “We’re still trying from the club’s side. We’re desperate to keep him, we know his qualities and what he brings, but I don’t think there has been a major update or any major change to the situation."

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The 46-year-old added: "I don’t know if we’re looking to make a statement, we’re just looking to try and keep a very good player at the football club for everyone’s benefit.

"He always plays with a massive heart, commitment so we’d love to keep him long-term. I feel I have a very good relationship with him, I feel we’ve built up a trust between. Personally, I’d love to see that."

Joelinton hasn't played since Newcastle's Tyne-Wear derby victory over Sunderland in January. After undergoing surgery, the 27-year-old has spent the early part of his recovery away from the club, although was in the stands for last weekend's 3-0 win against Wolves at St James' Park.

It is hoped Joelinton can return for final few games of the campaign.

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Howe said: "I haven’t seen a great deal of him. Of course he’s been in and I’ve had little bits of time with him but not a lot. I’d say he is dealing with it [the injury] OK, I can sense from Joe when I see him that he’s frustrated he’s not training with us or helping the team.

"He is someone that is desperate to give, he’s got a very giving personality and wants to be there for his teammates so I sense a little bit of sadness in him but a determination as well. I know that he is really pushing to come back as quickly as he can but in a safe way."

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