By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle left-back Massadio Haidara has been told that his time at the club is over, according to a report.
The Chronicle have reported on their website that the 24-year-old has been told that his future lies elsewhere.
Haidara has not played in any of the north east giants’ last three pre-season friendlies after being handed a start in the 2-1 win over Hearts earlier in the summer.
The Frenchman was also limited to just one league game in last season’s Championship title winning campaign for Newcastle and it is said that the player has been informed that his representatives must now find him a new club.
Haidara completed a move to the north east of England in January 2013 from French club Nancy for a fee thought to be worth £2million.
He has since played just 52 matches in his four years at the club and with a year remaining on his contract at St. James’ Park it is reported that he has been offered to a number of French clubs, including St Etienne, who say they are in “advanced talks” to sign the former France Under-21 international.
Football Insider verdict:
After playing just one Championship game last season it is clear that Haidara does not feature in manager Rafa Benitez’ plans and his game time will only decrease with Newcastle winning promotion back to the Premier League. The left-back position does however look a weak point in the current Magpies squad and with Paul Dummett and Achraf Lazaar currently vying for a place in the first team it is felt that it is an area that is in desperate need of strengthening for the club.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have been installed clear favourites to sign this 13-time England international.