English side ready eleventh hour swoop for Newcastle 2016-17 mainstay - report
By Abigail Withey
Championship outfit Hull City are readying an eleventh hour swoop Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback, according to a recent report.
The Chronicle has revealed that while the relegated side have a number of other players on their radar the Tigers could still make a last minute swoop for the 25-year-old before deadline day.
The regional newspaper claims on their website that Hull are considering a loan deal for Colback and Leonid Slutsky’s side are prepared to pay a portion of his wages to secure the star on a temporary basis.
Colback joined the club back in 2014 from Sunderland on a free transfer and featured in the squad which won promotion to the top flight last season.
Last season the Englishman was a mainstay in Rafa Benitez’ side, featuring in 34 games for the Magpies, where he provided two assists.
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However, the defensive midfielder has not featured in any of the club’s games this season, as new Benitez opted to play new loanee Mikel Merino while skipper, and fellow defensive midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey served his red card suspension.
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A number of reports have suggested a whole host of names that Newcastle hope to offload before deadline day, but with just a few days left the club are beginning to cut it rather fine. Benitez has complained about the lack of transfer activity, and with club’s like Hull waiting on the sidelines the club should sell up as quickly as possible rather than loan him in order to fund a few potential last minute signings. Benitez and Colback appeared to have fallen out earlier in the summer over a dispute in training, and their turbulent relationship would be best ended. Colback will be keen to secure a regular starting spot and he will surely gain that at Hull, so it would be a wise move to permanently join the Tigers.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are plotting a stunning late raid of Liverpool for this underused star.