By Danny Wright

2nd Dec, 2017 | 12:59pm

Leeds next signing most likely to be PL enforcer - Football Whispers

Leeds United’s could sign Newcastle United outcast Jack Colback in the January transfer window, according to a report

Football Whispers claims that Colback, 28, is most likely to become the Whites’s next signing when the window re-opens at the start of next month.

The Chronicle has recently reported that Leeds and Championship rivals Birmingham have been in the hunt for the former Sunderland midfielder and have scouted him while playing for the Newcastle Under-23s side.

It is understood that the Magpies are looking to offload the midfield enforcer having not earned a single first-team appearance since the clubs promotion to the Premier League.

The report added that Colback is earning a whopping £40,000-a-week to sit in the reserve squad at St. James’ Park.

Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 3.9 out of 5 that Colback will move to Elland Road, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.

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Football Insider Verdict

Although Colback has proven he can be a decent player in the Championship by helping Newcastle win the second-tier title last season, he isn’t what Leeds need. Thomas Christiansen does need to add a bit of defensive steel to his side, but not in his midfield. The Whites need to add depth at centre-back and left-back, before maybe looking at their goalkeeping options with Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan not performing so great. Colback is also on a lot of money. Would he want to take a huge pay cut to play back in the Championship? It’s unlikely. £40,000-a-week is a big wage and it’s doubtful Leeds will be able to afford anywhere near it.

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