Report: £5m price tag slapped on surprise Newcastle star as Benitez green lights triple exit
Newcastle United trio Jack Colback, Henri Saivet and Jamie Sterry have all been told that the club will be looking to offload them during the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Mirror claim on their website that the two experienced midfielders and the young right back are all free to depart the club as Rafael Benitez seeks their exits over the next month.
Of the three, only Saivet has seen any league action this season, with the former 27-year-old becoming the club’s surprise star during the 3-2 win over West Ham in what was his first Premier League appearance of the campaign.
He made up for an early error which handed the Hammers the lead by netting a well taken free kick to equalise with his first goal for the club, and helped control the centre of the park on the way to victory.
However he has had reportedly had a £5million price tag slapped on his head, as he joins youth graduate Sterry and the exiled Jack Colback as those set to depart following the opening of the winter window.
Football Insider verdict
While Rafa Benitez has obviously made his mind up over Colback and Sterry, with neither being handed the chance to prove themselves, there may well be doubts over Saivet’s future on Tyneside. While he is not, and never will be, a first team regular, he has demonstrated the ability to succeed in the top flight and contribute to the team. He will not improve without playing and if his first league appearance of the season is anything to go by, he could play a fringe role throughout the campaign. While the other two are near-certainties to leave – if the club can find any suitors – Saivet’s departure may well be dependent on the club’s own recruitment.
In other Newcastle United news, Matt Le Tissier has slammed a pair of the club’s players in revealing which quartet should be replaced in January.