Ki Sung-yeung’s father has confirmed the midfielder wants to quit Newcastle United – and could ‘find a new home’ in January IF the club allow him to leave on a free.
The South Korean has slipped way down the pecking order at St James’ Park, appearing to be behind Shelvey, Hayden and BOTH Longstaff’s in Steve Bruce’s thinking.
As a result, he’s made just three appearances all season, so it’s no surprise he’s looking for an escape route in January given his current deal is due to expire at the end of the season.
Here’s what his father – Ki Young-OK – has told the South Korean media today:
“He is trying to find a new home in January next year, and the contract with Newcastle is through May.
“The key is whether the club will consider freeing him as a free agent.”
The only issue here is the fact any move away may be dependant on our willingness to let him leave for nothing.
Yes we signed him as a free agent in the summer of 2018, but with 6 months of his deal left to run we are still entitled to demand a fee for the midfielder.
That said, maybe we should cut our losses and let him go, with him only likely to cost us a considerable amount of weekly wages (without playing any games) if we kept him for the sake of it.