Achraf Lazaar of Newcastle looks on

By Harry Talbot

Newcastle United will sell Achraf Lazaar at a significant loss as they prepare to inform him he is free to find a new club, Football Insider understands.

The Morocco international, 27, has made a strong impression since joining Sheffield Wednesday on loan in the January window and has revealed he has opened talks about moving permanently to the Championship club.

Lazaar, who joined Newcastle for £3million in 2016 from Italian outfit Palermo, has two years remaining on his contract with his parent club.

But a source close to the player has told Football Insider the club have made it clear they are ready to sell him to a buyer willing to match their £2million valuation.

Manager Rafael Benitez has frozen Lazaar out during the past three seasons and the player has made just 10 appearances for Newcastle.

But Lazaar, who can play at left-back or left midfield, has revived his career at Wednesday despite only recently returning from a six-week spell out injured.

The Premier League are happy for him to leave in the forthcoming window butare holding out for at least a few million pounds to reduce their loss.

In other Newcastle United news, the club are eager to sign a 30-goal striker who has headed in for a trial.