By Russell Edge
Leeds United have been on the transfer trail for Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback as the Magpies look to offload him in the January window, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the Whites were joined by fellow Championship side Birmingham City in scouting the 28-year-old as he turned out for Newcastle’s reserve side in a 4-1 win over Reading.
The former Sunderland man, who is said to be on a £40,000-a-week contract at St James’ Park, has been outcast from the senior squad by manager Rafael Benitez, and was offered around to clubs over the summer, something which is set to happen again in the new year.
He has made 102 appearances for the Magpies since arriving from their north east rivals on a free transfer, while he has 79 games worth of experience in England’s second tier were Leeds to make a move.
Football Insider verdict
Rafa Benitez has well and truly made his mind up over the future of Colback, and although he appeared to try and fight his way back into his plans, as well as remaining for personal reasons, supporters are pretty much guaranteed never to see him play for the senior side again. Leeds would offer him the opportunity to get back to playing regular football, and he is more than capable of mixing it with the best in the second tier. To make things easier for the midfielder, Leeds is well within driving distance of the north east, which may also give the club a boost if they do end up fighting with Birmingham for his signature.
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