Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback is being lined up for a loan-to-buy swoop by Wolverhampton Wanderers as Crystal Palace join the race for his signing, according to a report.
The Mirror claim on the live transfer blog on their website (07/01, 09:37) that the Championship table toppers are keen on securing a deal for the 28-year-old, who has been outcast by Magpies manager Rafael Benitez after helping the club secure promotion back to the Premier League.
It is said that Nuno’s side are looking at tying him up on an initial loan move, with a view to turn it into a permanent deal if and when they secure their own return to the top flight, Colback said to be rated at £3million.
However they could face competition from fellow second tier side Ipswich Town and struggling Premier League club Crystal Palace for the midfield enforcer’s signing, whose last senior appearance came in Newcastle’s last Championship match back in May.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle will be desperate to get Colback off their books sooner rather than later and a loan-to-buy deal seems like the ideal chance to offload him, so long as the buying club covers his wages. As for Wolves, they are cruising at the top of the table and are unsurprisingly looking at securing proven Premier League talent ahead of what appears to be their inevitable promotion. While Colback might not not the flashiest of signings, and despite being outcast from Newcastle’s squad this season, he has 178 top flight appearances to his name and would be a clever signing as the club look towards the future.
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