By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United are poised to sell four members of the first-team squad during the summer transfer window, according to a report.
The Daily Star claims that goalkeeper Tim Krul, defender Massadio Haidara, midfielder Jack Colback and striker Emmanuel Riviere are all set to leave St James’ Park in the upcoming days.
The report claims that the Magpies are planning to offload these players in order to free up funds and space for a number of potential incomings before the end of the transfer window.
This follows up from a report in the Telegraph which claimed that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was planning in five new players by the end of the month.
Neither of the four players mentioned were selected in the matchday squad for the opening match of the Premier League season against Tottenham last weekend but they all train with the first-team group every day.
Colback made the biggest contribution to the club’s automatic promotion last season but his future appears to be in severe doubt as the Daily Mail reported that he was involved in a training ground bust-up with Benitez.
Krul, Riviere and Haidara all currently have one year remaining on their contracts at the club whilst Colback’s deal runs out in the summer of 2019.
Football Insider verdict
Amongst the four players mentioned, Colback is arguably the one who’s departure could potentially come back and haunt Newcastle in the long-term. The Englishman is an experienced midfielder with plenty of Premier League matches under his belt and he might be needed in the squad especially if teammate Jonjo Shelvey keeps picking up needless red cards. Krul spent last season out on loan and both Riviere and Haidara have failed to meet expectations on Tyneside so it is no surprise that these three will be shown the door. Newcastle will be hopeful that they can receive a substantial amount of money for the four individuals which will help them secure some more arrivals to the club this summer.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have entered talks over this defender.