Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback is unlikely to join Nottingham Forest on a permanent basis following his successful loan spell, Football Insider sources understands.
Colback spent the second half of last season on loan at Forest after finding himself frozen out things at Newcastle and he impressed during his time at the City Ground.
The 28-year-old made 16 appearances and scored one goal during his time at Forest and the Championship club were hoping to make the deal permanent this summer.
However, a well-placed source has told Football Insider that Forest are struggling to agree a deal for Colback and are now looking at other targets as they feel the deal for Colback will be too hard to complete.
It leaves Colback in limbo as he does not figure in Rafa Benitez’s plans going forward at Newcastle with the former Sunderland man being banished from the first-team last season before his move to Forest.
Colback is entering the final year of his contract at Newcastle after joining from Sunderland in 2014 and Newcastle are expected to try and offload him rather than allow him to run down his contract and leave for free next summer.
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