Report reveals 6 senior players Rafa Benitez will ‘transfer list’ if he stays at NUFC

According to the Chronicle, Dwight Gayle, Jack Colback, Rob Elliot, Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar and Henri Saivet will be ‘transfer-listed’ by Rafa Benitez should he sign a new deal this summer.

This comes from their piece reporting on Jack Colback’s potential permanent move to Nottingham Forest, with it being claimed in the East-Midlands that Martin O’neill plans to sign the 29-year-old midfielder permanently – a deal that could ‘kick start’ a clear out on Tyneside.

As revealed below, Colback won’t be the only senior player to be shipped out over the coming months if Rafa Benitez does agree to a new contract, with FIVE other NUFC outcasts named:

‘Newcastle United will welcome offers for Jack Colback this summer – with the Magpies keen to offload some of their high earners in order to help facilitate a summer rebuild.

‘For Newcastle , offloading a high earner who has no first-team future under the current manager is a priority for the summer window – and the likes of Henri Saivet, Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons will also be made available for transfer.

‘Rob Elliot has also been transfer-listed by Benitez – though the goalkeeper would prefer to stay on Tyneside – and Dwight Gayle will also be offered around after another impressive goal-scoring campaign in the second tier.’

Colback’s exit seems imminent, while permanent moves away for Elliot, Aarons, Lazaar and Saivet have been on the cards for some time given how little they’ve been involved in Benitez’s plans over the past two seasons.

The same could not be said about Dwight Gayle, however. He’s on 23 goals for the season after an impressive loan spell at West Brom, so while you’d expect him to have several suitors in the second tier, some may have expected him to return and fight for his place.

That said, if the 28-year-old could be used as bait in a deal that would see Salomon Rondon sign permanently, I don’t think many would complain.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

4 thoughts on “Report reveals 6 senior players Rafa Benitez will ‘transfer list’ if he stays at NUFC

  1. If westbbrom want 20million for Rondon and want Gayle tell them he is worth 20million he is a year younger


  2. Not at all sure of your logic there Olly.

    Gayle gets 23 goals in 32 games in the Championship for Newcastle but only manages 6 in the Prem.

    So we loan him out to West Brom, where he scores 23 goals in 36 games in the Championship.
    A worse strike rate than with Newcastle.

    Why on earth would anyone expect him to come back and fight for his place at Newcastle?


  3. Briiian: (Fancy writing for us? Send any articles/ideas over to us at & we’ll get back to you!)

    It was stated on several occasions before he left that he was keen to fight for his place at NUFC, and with Rondon going back to WBA, Muto failing to impress Rafa and Joselu looking set to leave, we’re not exactly blessed with a whole host of strikers..

    We can do better and I’m sure Benitez will try to offer him around, but he’ll be trying to make it at PL level before leaving for a second tier side..


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