Journalist: Nottingham Forest offered Newcastle outcast in deadline day switch
Nottingham Forest are one of several clubs to be mulling over a move for Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback after he was offered up in a deadline day switch, according to a journalist.
The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Magpies are trying to secure the outcast’s exit before the January window shuts on Wednesday, and have taken to offering him up to clubs in a bid to drum up interest, with Forest one of those to receive the proposed deal.
Nottingham Forest are one of the clubs to be offered Jack Colback #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 31, 2018
The 28-year-old terrier has not made a single appearance for the north east club this season after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Rafael Benitez, although he remained on Tyneside after failing to secure a summer move.
He has turned out 102 times for the Magpies, and has a total of 79 Championship appearances under his belt to help boost Forest’s midfield.
Football Insider verdict
Getting rid of Colback should have been a priority from day one of the transfer window for Newcastle, and it would be a huge surprise if he were just being touted around clubs now. His wages are a huge drain on the club considering his lack of first team action and it is quite clear his time at St James’ Park is up. Forest would be a good move for him; he knows the league and they could do with the experience in the centre of the park. Whether it has been left too late to seal the deal will have to wait to be seen but it is a massive surprise that he is still at the club with just hours left to go until the doors slam shut on the winter window.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, a Magpies attacker has sealed a move to another side battling relegation.