Newcastle United are looking to sell out-of-favour midfield duo Jack Colback and Henri Saivet in January, according to the Shields Gazette.
The newspaper has revealed that the Magpies would dearly love to move the two men out, but that doing so is ‘easier said than done’ due to their wages.
The pair are earning a combined £70,000-per-week at St James’ Park [Source: Spotrac], while neither of them made the club’s squad for this Premier League season.
Therefore convincing somebody to part with a transfer fee for them will naturally be difficult.
There’s no hiding the fact that it’s going to be extremely tricky to shift either Colback or Saivet in January. You would have thought that last summer would have been the time to get rid of them both, with the two men coming off fairly profitable loan spells with Nottingham Forest and Bursaspor respectively. The fact that no teams really came in then is a damning indictment of the Magpies duo. You would think that there is still hope that a Championship or League One team might come in for Colback come the winter transfer window. He was a solid contributor for Forest over the past two seasons, and there’s no doubt that he could do a job for a team like Millwall, Reading, Wigan Athletic or Luton Town. Saivet is the tricky one, though. Is anybody really going to want him? Perhaps a Turkish team or a lower-rate French team, or even China or the Far East, might be the Magpies’ best bet. Either way, easier said than done sums up this situation perfectly.