By Danny Wright

26th Mar, 2018 | 1:30pm

Newcastle must bin £40k-a-wk ace and sign international playmaker reportedly available for free

COMMENT

Newcastle United are facing another summer of scraping the bottom of the barrel to improve their side.

To get the most out of the transfer window, Rafa Benitez should offload some players first, mainly Jack Colback, who according to the Newcastle Chronicle is earning a whopping £40,000-a-week.

Nottingham Forest have got the best out of the midfield ace and there should definitely be interest in the summer with him having one year left on his St. James’ Park deal.

By freeing up money from offloading Colback, Benitez must look to sign Swansea and South Korea playmaker Ki Sung-Yeung, who will be available for free in the summer.

The Mirror has reported that Ki, 29, is due to quit the Liberty Stadium when his deal ends in the summer.

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The 88-times South Korea international is clearly someone with a lot of technical ability and Premier League experience and would be a major addition to the Newcastle squad without having to spend any money.

Ki could be a perfect back-up to Jonjo Shelvey and Mikel Merino and Corriere dello Sport has reported that AC Milan are interested in signing him, which shows much good of an addition he would be on Tyneside.

Benitez needs to try and get the feelers out early but assuring Premier League safety would be paramount to getting this deal over the line.

Getting rid of Colback and replacing him with Ki would be one of the best pieces of business pulled off by a Magpies boss in a long time.

In other Newcastle United news, this BBC pundit has slammed a “honking” Magpies star for his international performance.

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