Achraf Lazaar could finally be heading for the St James’ Park exit door this month, according to The Chronicle.
They claim that sources in Italy have indicated over the past 24 hours that the player has been in talks with his agent to arrange a contract settlement that would see him be paid off, released and therefore able to sign for another club on a free transfer.
The defender, signed by Rafa Benitez ahead of our Championship season in 2016, has badly flopped since his arrival from Palermo and has been shipped out on loan to various Italian sides and Sheffield Wednesday since 2017.
A £2m fee plus reported wages of £35,000-per-week means the Moroccan has cost our club just over £10m since his arrival for a shocking return of just FOUR league appearances – firmly placing him top of the list as Benitez’s worst signing.
Should this be true, he would follow Rolando Aarons out the door to signal the start of an exodus of deadwood being offloaded by the club – a rare positive for our supporters after watching millions get wasted in recent years.
Henri Saviet should be next on the list to be shown the exit door, with him another outcast on huge wages who has overstayed his welcome on Tyneside.
Freeing up funds for players who may actually pull on a black-and-white shirt some time soon can only be seen as a good thing!