Report: Newcastle prepare response to Premier League interest in Ayoze Perez

Newcastle are reportedly set to offer a new contract to Ayoze Perez.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United are set to offer a new deal to striker Ayoze Perez, with a number of Premier League rivals pursuing the Spaniard.

Perez, 22, joined Newcastle from Tenerife in 2014, and enjoyed a promising first season in the Premier League, scoring seven goals in 36 games.

This term, Perez endured a slow start under new manager Steve McClaren, but has since burst into life again, scoring three goals in his last six appearances, forming a strong partnership with Aleksandar Mitrovic in the Magpies attack.

Now, The Chronicle state that Premier League rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been impressed with Perez this season, and are weighing up moves for the striker.

However, it's also reported that Newcastle will offer Perez a new contract in a bid to keep him at St. James' Park, given that he hasn't had an improved deal since joining from Tenerife.

The Chronicle believe that Newcastle have yet to receive a firm enquiry for Perez, but with the January transfer window drawing ever closer, it seems that the Magpies aren't willing to risk him having his head turned, and are looking to ward off interest in his signature.

With Newcastle still fighting at the wrong end of the Premier League table, manager McClaren must keep hold of key players such as Perez - and this prepared contract offer is a great step in the right direction for Newcastle.

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