The reputable football outlet claim that the Midlands-based Championship side are in the market for another central defender after captain Ryan Shawcross broke his leg in a friendly against Leicester City last week.
Crystal Palace were recently reported by the Sun to have been plotting a £5million move for the 29-year-old, but that Roy Hodgson was deliberating over a potential loan offer instead.
With the way Newcastle’s defence is shaping up at this moment in time, it would come as a real surprise to see Steve Bruce sanction a possible exit for the experienced centre half. Florian Lejeune is currently recovering from a reoccurring injury suffered towards the end of last season, and Paul Dummett could be required to shift to left-back, his more natural position. Should that happen, Clark would be the third-choice defender in the heart of defence behind Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar. Bruce could stick with the five-at-the-back formation employed by Rafael Benitez last season, and if he does, there is no doubting that Clark will be an essential part of that next season – especially at the beginning of the campaign. Having said that, the 29-year-old only managed to make 12 appearances last season, nine of those being starts – proving that when players such as Lejeune are fit he will fall down the pecking order. Should Bruce complete a move for another defender in the last couple of weeks of the transfer window, Clark would surely be the first to be shown the exit door.