Jack Colback looks set to join Nottingham Forest from Newcastle United on loan, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports’ Pete Graves shared on his personal Twitter account that the midfielder was on his way to the Championship side, with the Magpies expected to have agreed a temporary exit for him.
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) January 31, 2018
The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder had previously claimed on his personal Twitter account that Newcastle United had offered Nottingham Forest the chance to sign Colback with the club keen to get rid of him before the window closes on Wednesday.
Rafa Benitez shared in November that Colback was unlikely to feature this season as he preferred his other midfield options.
“He knew from the beginning that we have four or five midfielders and I didn’t want to have six,” shared Benitez as quoted by the Daily Star.
“We have enough players in that position without Merino; Diame, Shelvey, Hayden and Saivet, even Mbemba who can also play in midfield.”
The Magpies boss has stayed true to his word with the 28-year-old failing to make one appearances for Newcastle United this season.
Colback had previously made over 100 appearances for the Magpies, including 79 outings in the Championship, with his experience no doubt tempting Nottingham Forest to take him on loan.
Football Insider Verdict:
Colback looks set to join Nottingham Forest, and it looks like being a good decision for all parties involved. The Magpies clearly don’t need him despite struggling in the Premier League, and Nottingham Forest could benefit from the midfielder’s experience. Colback may have a hard time hitting the ground running, given how long he has been left out of the Magpies team, so the Championship side will have to be patience. Colback has a lot of qualities that should help Nottingham Forest achieve success this season, but they may have to wait until he has a few games under his belt to see them.
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