Former Nottingham Forest loanee Jack Colback may be available at a cut price in January.
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United are willing to consider low bids for the midfielder when the transfer window reopens.
The Magpies were hopeful that the 29-year-old would leave the club earlier this week. Colback had until 5pm on Monday to secure a move abroad, but he ultimately decided to stay put.
The former Sunderland man was given a chance to impress new manager Steve Bruce over pre-season. For this reason, he felt that he had a chance of featuring for the Magpies in the Premier League this season.
However, he was left out of Newcastle’s 25-man Premier League squad last month. This was the latest blow in what is turning out to be a nightmare spell at St James’ Park for the midfielder.
He now faces an uncertain future and the prospect of going the next few months without any senior football.
It was anticipated by many that the Reds would be back in for the midfielder this summer after he impressed on two loan spells. If Martin O’Neill was still in charge, then the midfielder may well have returned to the City Ground.
However, Sabri Lamouchi replaced the Northern Irishman and came in with his own ideas.
The Frenchman bolstered his midfield options with the likes of John Bostock, Alfa Semedo, Samba Sow and Tiago Silva. The Reds are well stocked in that area of the pitch.
According to The Chronicle‘s report, the Magpies are already planning how they will get rid of the midfielder in January.
The one major stumbling block could be the player’s wages. Colback earns around £35,000-a-week according to Spotrac, which could automatically rule out a number of sides in the Championship.
It’s fair to say that the Reds made a smart decision to pursue alternatives.