Leeds plot Jan swoop for £40,000-a-week enforcer from title-holders, PL club green light exit - reports

Leeds United are plotting a January swoop for Newcastle United fringe player Jack Colback, according to a report.

TeamTalk claims that Leeds are among of host of Championship teams interested in Colback, 28, with Premier League club Newcastle willing to offload the midfielder next month.

It is understood that Sunderland, Derby, Bristol City and Reading are also keeping close tabs on the St James’ Park outcast, who helped Newcastle to win the Championship title last season as they earned promotion to the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez has not deemed Colback good enough to merit a single appearance for the first-team this season, and now the Magpies have given him the green light to leave Tyneside, perhaps on a loan deal.

TeamTalk reports that the former Sunderland player, who was once called up for England duty, may leave St James’ Park but due to his wages it may have to be on a temporary basis.

The Chronicle has previously reported that the midfield enforcer is earning £40,000-a-week at Newcastle.

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Football Insider verdict

Leeds really don’t need another midfielder in their squad in January as Thomas Christiansen is currently finding it hard enough to give his existing players in that position enough game time. Mateusz Klich was one of Leeds’ first signings in the summer and he has made no secret of his frustration with his lack of football at Elland Road. Colback would probably just be a waste of money, even if he was to join the Whites on a loan deal. His £40,000-a-week wages should cause alarm and make Victor Orta and Christiansen look elsewhere. Leeds need defensive reinforcements before anything else.

In other Leeds United news, the Yorkshire club will storm to the play-offs if they sign this Celtic centre-back who is available in January.

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