It was claimed earlier today that four senior Newcastle players may have had enough of life under Mike Ashley at Newcastle United.
The Telegraph have reported that the agents of midfielders Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote have been touting their clients around to prospective clubs as they look to finalise summer moves.
Tiote has lost a lot of credibility with Newcastle fans due to indifferent form and making more headlines off the pitch than on it. The loss of Sissoko would be no surprise but a massive blow, with the Frenchman arguably Newcastle’s one remaining top class player.
The newspaper also say that Papiss Cisse is considering his options and not been impressed by Newcastle’s lack of action over a new contract. Turning 30 before next season and with only one year left on his current deal, it would be no surprise to see Mike Ashley grabbing whatever he can for a player who has become increasingly injury plagued.
However, maybe the most surprising of the four players said to be unsettled is keeper Tim Krul. The Telegraph claiming that he was persuaded to give Newcastle one more season after last summer’s World Cup, and unsurprisingly, has been less than impressed with what he has seen happen at the club since.
With players such as Santon, Cabaye, Debuchy and Mapou leaving in the last fourteen months, an exodus of the best paid players at Newcastle looks likely to continue this summer if today’s reports are to be believed.
This season many low paid players have been involved in the first team such as Williamson, Armstrong, Abeid, Ameobi, Alnwick, Dummett, Aarons and others, a situation that will be music to Mike Ashley’s ears.
With rumours earlier this week of wholesale changes this summer, sadly any incoming players look once again to be likely to be majorly funded by some of Newcastle’s better players leaving.