Former England defender Danny Mills has suggested Newcastle United are blocking Jack Colback from securing a late summer exit from St. James’ Park, as told to Football Insider.
Colback is one of several Newcastle players to have been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Steve Bruce this summer, who opted to omit the Killingworth-born midfielder from his 25-man Premier League squad.
Rolando Aarons, Javier Manquillo, Achraf Lazaar, Jamie Sterry and Henri Saivet are also in line for Deadline Day departures (The Shields Gazette), as markets close for sides around Europe on September 2.
A move to Scotland has been touted (The Athletic) as the most likely destination for Colback. However, the 29-year-old’s alleged £40,000-a-week contract has often been seen as a major stumbling block in negotiations.
One option for Newcastle to consider would be to shoulder the burden of paying a percentage of Colback’s contract during the 2019/20 season as he would otherwise become a free agent next summer, but Mills feels the Magpies are reluctant to the idea which is blocking any potential transfer.
“It’s a surprise [he has not secured a move yet],” Mills said. “He’s a decent player, I’m assuming he’s on good money, and that’s why a Championship side hasn’t come in to take him away.
“Is he good enough to step into a Premier League side and play week in, week out? Possibly not, but he could do a fabulous job in the Championship, but I’m guessing his wages are quite high. That’s probably put off a lot of clubs.
“As we know, Newcastle [are] unlikely to fund part of that deal and help anybody out. A quality player that will have to bide his time. You expect him to be a Steve Bruce kind of player; hard working, just get on with it.”
Unfortunately for Colback, while Mills feels a permanent return to the Championship following a season-and-a-half on loan in the second-tier with Nottingham Forest would be a good step for the midfielder, the market closed for outfits in that division on August 8.
Now, his only option would be to secure a move abroad if his wages prevent a transfer to a Scottish Premiership side, but four months without senior football seems the more likely scenario facing Colback.
He has already shown opposition to the idea of venturing into Europe for the next stage of his career (The Athletic), and with Deadline Day underway for most of the major leagues, time would be ticking against the 29-year-old securing a transfer.
Newcastle have also been eliminated from the Carabao Cup after succumbing to defeat on penalties to Leicester City, meaning first-team action is not available at St. James’ Park until the turn of the year when Bruce can reintroduce Colback in either his league squad or in the FA Cup.
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