By Wayne Veysey

23rd Nov, 2019 | 12:05pm

Exclusive: Bruce green lights Newcastle January exit of Rafa regular

Newcastle United are ready to sell Ki Sung-yueng in January after being given the green light by Steve Bruce, Football Insider understands.

The South Korea international, 30, has made just one start among three appearances since Bruce took over as manager in the summer.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the club are willing to listen to offers for Ki in the forthcoming window.

The two-year contract the central midfielder signed last year expires next summer and January represents the last opportunity to secure a fee for him.

Ki has found himself behind Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and the Longstaff brothers, Sean and Matty, in the pecking order this season.

Ki was used regularly by former Magpies manager Rafael Benitez last season from the autumn onwards and an upturn in fortunes coincided with his presence in the side.

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A run of seven consecutive league starts was broken only by international duty and injury, but he returned to the side at the end of the campaign.

In total, Ki made 14 Premier League starts last season and justified Newcastle’s decision to sign him on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.

Benitez swooped for the 113-times South Korea international in the wake of Swansea City’s relegation from the Premier League.

Ki has nearly 10 years experience in British football after first joining Celtic in 2010 before a stint at Sunderland came either side of lengthy spells at Swansea.

He has 22 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle.

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