Newcastle make 27-year-old available for transfer - report
By Danny Wright
Newcastle have put Jack Colback up for sale, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that the 27-year-old is “up for grabs” as Rafa Benitez seeks drastic improvements to his squad over the summer.
Colback featured heavily in the Magpies’ Championship title-winning campaign but often came under fire from supporters for his lack of ability on the field.
It is understood that the former Sunderland midfielder isn’t the only Toon player that is available for sale as Daryl Murphy, Achraf Lazaar and Grant Hanley are also set for the axe.
The Chronicle also reports that Henri Saivet, Massadio Haidara, Emmanuel Riviere and Siem De Jong are listed for the chop.
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In addition, it says that Tim Krul and Karl Darlow might be sold due to the high amount of goalkeepers currently on the books at St. James’ Park with Pepe Reina and Willy Caballero listed as potential replacements.
Colback made 34 appearances across all competitions for Newcastle this season as he helped them to the Championship title, supplying one assist.
Football Insider Verdict
It perhaps comes with no surprise at all to the Toon Army that Colback is most likely going to leave St. James’ Park over the summer. His displays this term have been very underwhelming and it will probably be hard for him to get a move to a Premier League side after a dismal showing in the second tier. None of the other names that are listed for sale also offer any shocks, but some supporters could be vexed about the potential sale of Tim Krul, who has been a very steady set of hands in between the sticks on Tyneside for the past few years. A serious injury didn’t help him but he’s definitely a better bet than Rob Elliot.
In other Newcastle news, a Premier League side are willing to match the release clause for this Toon target.