NEWCASTLE United are hopeful defender Paul Dummett will commit his long-term future to the club - after offering him a six-year contract.
Dummett has broken into Alan Pardew’s first-team squad this season.
The 22-year-old has made three starts after signing a new one-year deal at the club in the summer after a successful spell on loan spell at St Mirren last term.
With highly-rated Dummett out of contract next summer, United have moved to tie down the Newcastle-born player, who has been called into Wales’s last two senior squads.
The Academy product - who scored against Liverpool and started last Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby - impressed in pre-season.
And the left back - who can also play in central defence - is now very much in Pardew’s plans.
After discussions between the club and Dummett, he was offered a contract that would tie him to United until 2019.
Dummett is keen to commit to the club he has supported all his life.
After signing his deal in June, he said: “I’m a homegrown player, and in this city it’s every boy’s dream to play for Newcastle. Staying at Newcastle was always my No1 priority.”
Dummett was left out of the starting XI for last night’s Capital One Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester City, with fit-again Massadio Haidara preferred at left back. He got on at half-time but was substituted himself in the closing stages.