By Dominic Toner
Haris Vuckic is expected to to leave Newcastle on loan this summer, according to a report.
The 23-year-old was told last month by Rafa Benitez that he was not in his plans for the season, but he insisted that he wished to stay and fight for a place in the team.
The Shields Gazette report that Newcastle are set to loan Vuckic out for another season but that few clubs in the Football League will be able to afford his wages.
Newcastle striker Ivan Toney has agreed a loan move to League One side Shrewsbury Town and Vuckic could also be leaving St James’ Park in this transfer window.
Vuckic, now entering his eight season as a Newcastle player, spent last season on-loan at Wigan, where he scored twice in 17 appearances.
The Slovenia international was signed by Newcastle when he was just 16 from Slovenian side Domzale and was regarded as one of the brightest talents in Europe, after having a trial at AC Milan.
However, it hasn’t turned out as well as hoped for Newcastle’s number 23, who has made just seven League appearances in as many years for The Magpies.
Vuckic has subsequently been loaned out by Newcastle on a regular basis, with the attacking midfielder turning out for Cardiff, Rotherham, and Rangers.
Vuckic rediscovered his magic touch in Scotland, scoring nine goals in 22 appearances but it wasn’t enough to impress those on Tyneside.
The versatile man Magpie can play in either the number 10 role, out wide or even as a centre-forward.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are set to cash in on their £13million striker as Benitez doesn’t trust him.