Newcastle United are holding talks with teenage sensation Rolando Aarons over a new long-term deal, according to the Chronicle Live.
The news comes after the 19-year-old winger was linked to both Manchester City and Liverpool over the weekend, having produced a string of impressive performances sine earning his Premier League debut in August.
Aarons signed his first professional contract with Newcastle in April, but his current deal is set to expire in the summer, although there is understood to be an option for a further season.
Nevertheless, with the Magpies keen to tie his future down to St James' Park, the fact that talks were still to get off the ground as of last week had alerted potential suitors, forcing the club into taking action before the winter market opens.
Currently out with a hamstring problem, Aarons has already scored two goals in five games for Newcastle this season, including the opener in the shock 2-0 League Cup win at Manchester City last month.
His pace and skill have earned him comparisons to Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and even led to rumours that he could be fast-tracked into the senior England squad, but the Under-20 international has stressed that such talks is somewhat premature at this point.
“I always hoped this would be my breakthrough season,” he was quoted in the Guardian before the 2-0 home win over Brendan Rodgers’ side earlier this month.
“But I’m not Raheem Sterling. We’re different players and I’ve a long way to go before I can even consider myself to be anywhere near that level.
“He’s played for England at the World Cup and I’ve only played three or four games for Newcastle United. I don’t think there’s any reason to get carried away.”