Having spent the past 18 months on loan at Nottingham Forest, it seemed likely that Jack Colback would be one of the few Newcastle players to depart this summer, but this was not to be the case.
The 29-year-old midfielder has remained on Tyneside following the arrival of Steve Bruce, yet the former Sheffield Wednesday manager omitted the once Sunderland player on his 25-man squad for the Premier League as The Chronicle report.
Indeed, the outlet also claims that Newcastle will be willing to listen to very low offers for Colback, who is only valued at £2.7m on Transfermarkt despite impressing with Forest for the past two seasons, and the Premier League side will do well to ship off the midfielder in the winter transfer window.
With Colback earning a reported £35,000-a-week according to Spotrac and his current deal with Newcastle expiring next summer, the Magpies should be able to sell the former Sunderland academy player on the cheap the next time the transfer window opens for business in January.
With the 29-year-old not representing the black and white stripes of Newcastle for well over two years as numbers from Transfermarkt show, it will be a permanent departure that benefits all parties involved as the club will be offloading well over £1 million worth of salary-a-year off the wage bill and Colback will likely be moved on to a club where he can play regular first-team football.
Colback’s time at Newcastle has seen the midfielder experience the highs of playing in the Premier League with one of the biggest clubs in the division to the lows of relegation, and now it seemingly appears his time with Toon has come to an end, and for the sake of both Bruce and the player that a deal can be reached for the former Sunderland man to depart when January rolls around.