Danny Mills has suggested that Newcastle United are unwilling to help part-fund Jack Colback’s wages to help him secure a move away from St James’ Park.

The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that the midfielder’s income on Tyneside is likely to be the biggest hurdle stopping him from leaving the club, despite facing a first half of the season without any senior football.

Colback was left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad, while the defeat to Leicester City in the League Cup means he will have to wait until January before playing any first-team football for the Magpies.

Mills says that it looks as though Newcastle are not willing to contribute financially towards getting him off their books, leaving the former Sunderland man facing the prospect of being frozen out completely.

Mills told Football Insider: “It’s a surprise. He’s a decent player, I’m assuming he’s on good money and that’s why a Championship side hasn’t come in to take him away.

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“Is he good enough to step into a Premier League side and play week in, week out? Possibly not, but he could do a fabulous job in the Championship but I’m guessing his wages are quite high. That’s probably put off a lot of clubs.

“As we know, Newcastle unlikely to fund part of that deal and help anybody out. A quality player that will have to bide his time. You expect him to be a Steve Bruce kind of player; hard working, just get on with it.”

Colback spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, having spent time at the City Ground during the second half of the 2017/18 campaign as well.

He has over 100 appearances for Newcastle under his belt but has not played in front of the Toon Army since May 2017 – the final match of their season in the Championship.

In other Newcastle United news, Whelan was left fuming to Football Insider about an “embarrassing” Magpies’ star who should be fined by the club.