The newspaper claims that both players were left out of Newcastle’s Premier League squad for the first half of the season and as they are unable to join a club in the English Championship, they could be in for a move north of the border, where the transfer window is still open.
Newcastle need to try and get rid of both of these players before transfer windows in Europe, and Scotland, slam shut at the end of the month. Colback has never appeared like he would get much of a chance for Newcastle in the Premier League while Rafa Benitez was in charge and even though Steve Bruce played him a few times in pre-season friendlies, the current Magpies boss is unwilling to use the former Sunderland midfielder as well. According to statistics website Spotrac, Colback is earning £35,000-a-week at St James’ Park. If Newcastle fail to sell him before the January transfer window opens, that means that the club will have paid £700,000 in wages to Colback without even being able to play him in Premier League matches. Newcastle need to at least try and cut their losses on the midfielder so maybe sending him out on loan and paying part of his wages rather than all of them is a good option. It’s hard to see Rangers or Celtic wanting a player like Colback so it might have to be a team like Aberdeen, Hearts or Hibernian who snap him up.