Aston Villa have joined Leeds United in the hunt for Newcastle United outcast Jack Colback, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that the two Championship sides are both looking at Colback, 28, after he has been told by the Magpies that he is unwanted at St James’ Park.
The Chronicle has reported in November that Leeds and Birmingham are both keen on the former Sunderland midfielder and have scouted him while playing for the Newcastle Under-23s side.
It was also claimed that Colback is earning a whopping £40,000-a-week at Premier League club Newcastle.
Colback helped the Magpies win the Championship title last season as they earned promotion to the top-flight.
However Rafa Benitez has not given the defensive midfielder a single minute of action since going up and he is now said to be available for a move in the January transfer window.
Football Insider verdict
Colback has a lot of experience from his spells at Newcastle and Sunderland but his lack of game time and huge wages should mean that Leeds and Villa should look elsewhere. Thomas Christiansen does not need another central midfielder unless players leave and although Steve Bruce could do with additions across his squad, Colback is not the solution. Yes, he won the Championship title last season and did so by being a key player at St James’ Park, but he was really lucky to get in that team at times and he is not an improvement on someone like Eunan O’Kane at Leeds or Conor Hourihane at Villa Park.
In other Leeds United news, it has been confirmed that this 24-year-old will be allowed to exit Elland Road this month.