Newcastle United could decide to pay up the remainder of the contracts of four fringe players including Christian Atsu ahead of the January transfer window, if the quartet have received offers to move elsewhere.
The Magpies had been keen to get Christian Atsu, Rolando Aarons, Henri Saivet and Achraf Lazaar off their wage bill before the summer window ended. However, the quartet – whose combined wages amount to around £100,000-a-week – failed to secure moves away.
Newcastle quartet would need to take hit on wages
Out of those four players, Aarons was the closest to securing a route out of St James’ Park on domestic transfer deadline day. However, the winger’s proposed move to Championship side Huddersfield failed to materialise due to paperwork being submitted too late, although the Terriers remain keen on bringing him in and have made him a top priority for January.
Atsu had been linked with a potential move to either Nottingham Forest or Watford, per Football Insider. Those moves did not come off for the Ghanaian, who would need to take a pay cut on his current £30,000-a-week wages to secure a January transfer, per Chronicle Live reporter Lee Ryder during a Q and A with supporters.
It has been suggested that the Magpies would be willing to pay up the remainder of the contracts of the likes of Atsu, Saivet and Lazaar if they were to be offered something concrete elsewhere ahead of the winter window, per Chronicle Live.
Atsu looks most likely to find potential suitors
Of the four players in question, it seems that Aarons will be able to secure his move to Huddersfield in January, so there would be no need to end his deal early for the Magpies. For Atsu, though, his current £30,000-a-week wages may put off potential suitors, but having once been labelled as ‘excellent’ by Alan Shearer, he should still have some teams willing to take him.
As for both Saivet and Lazaar, the pair would also need to take wage cuts, but at the moment there is little reported interest in them, so Newcastle may have no choice but to let them run down their respective deals. The Magpies need to learn from those two transfer mistakes, in particular, moving forwards.
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