Newcastle United are moving to extend Crystal Palace transfer target Ciaran Clark’s contract at the club to fend off interest from other clubs both in the Premier League and abroad. According to The Athletic, manager Steve Bruce is a fan of the player and wants him to remain at the club so he can play his part in helping them secure their Premier League status this season.

Clark has been a starter in each of the last eight games Newcastle have played this season and has a contract that will run out at the end of the summer. His reluctance to sign a new deal has alerted Crystal Palace who have outlined their interest in snapping up the player whom they admire so much.

Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace manager is keeping tabs on the defender and wishes the defender could see out his current contract without extending it so he could stand a chance of snapping him up for free in the summer.

However, the Ireland International is also admired by his current boss Bruce who is highly interested in ensuring that he extends his stay as he so much values and needs his services. Bruce has already told the bosses at Newcastle of his interest in keeping Clark and has demanded that they offer him a new deal as a result.

It is not yet known whether the club will do well enough to convince Clark to put pen to paper on a new deal, but they are obviously willing to try and make it happen at all costs. Clark, 31, was signed from Aston Villa for a fee that was reported to be in the region of £5 million back in the summer of 2016.

So far this season, he has done his part in helping the club to secure two wins and two draws from the last eight games he has featured in. He also has a goal to his name during that period.

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