Date: 18th February 2009 at 10:23am
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Newcastle United are preparing to part company with 33-year-old Australian striker Mark Viduka. The high-earning frontman currently earns a staggering £5 million in wages alone from the Magpies, but has only played 32 games, scoring 7 goals in his entire Tyneside career.

Toon owner Mike Ashley is desperate to trim his £73 million wage-bill at the club, and off-loading highly-paid players is a priority, it has been reported.

The Australian International is expected to return to his homeland, and join Melbourne Knights, says The Daily Mail.

While Viduka himself has said: ‘Ideally I`d love to play another year for Newcastle but if it`s not to be then it`s not to be.’