According to Lee Ryder, Jack Colback is now ‘edging closer’ to his long overdue Newcastle United exit, with the midfielder now in talks to seal a permanent move to Nottingham Forest.
With him banished to the reserves once again for pre-season and way down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez, it will be a real good job done to get him off our books – especially when he takes home an alleged £40,000 per week!
It had sounded like his wage demands had been one of the major reasons why his move to Forest was taking time to complete, however the Northern Echo are now claiming that an agreement could be reached in the next seven days – with Lee Ryder also confirming that he’s now closing in on the move:
Jack Colback edging closer to #nufc was exit. In talks with Forest.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 12, 2018
Here’s a snippet from Scott Wilson’s latest piece for the Echo:
NOTTINGHAM FOREST are close to completing a deal for out-of-favour Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback.
Colback, who has one year of his current contract remaining, has been told he does not have a future at St James’ Park, and was excluded from the first-team squad that is currently at a training camp in Ireland.
He has been told to seek alternative employers, and Forest boss Aitor Karanka is keen to complete a deal, with Colback having spent the second half of last season on loan at the City Ground.
The finances of the deal are proving difficult to agree, with Colback’s current earnings on Tyneside taking him beyond Forest’s wage ceiling.
However, Karanka is hoping to reach an agreement in the next seven days, with another round of talks with Colback’s representatives planned before the weekend.
With him out of contract next summer I don’t expect us to get much of a fee here, but it will be some big money off the wage bill, a problem player out of the squad and some much needed space freed up in Rafa’s squad.
Let’s hope this one can be wrapped up as soon as possible, with Newcastle still having plenty players to shift this summer despite just three signings so far.