There are seven players Newcastle United are reported to be happy to sell, with a couple of them a little surprising.

United are actively trying to shift Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Mike Williamson according to the Chronicle.

In addition, the newspaper’s information is that they will also welcome offers for Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cisse.

Maybe most surprising of all is that Newcastle have already had an offer for Mike Williamson but knocked it back! The Chronicle confirming recent speculation that Leeds were interested in the defender, though apparently whatever they offered wasn’t enough….

Whilst clearly Coloccini and especially Cisse have a decent value still, plus Mehdi Abeid worth a few quid, surely the club should be grateful if anybody will take Gouffran, Obertan, Marveaux or Williamson off their hands for nothing.

The last three only have one year left on their contracts anyway and obviously won’t be offered new ones.

In the case of Coloccini, I would far rather see them shifting Taylor and Williamson, then bringing in another central defender as well as the hopefully soon to be confirmed, Chancel Mbemba.

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With Papiss Cisse, it is great news that Alekdsandar Mitrovic but unless at least one other quality striker is lined up then it would be madness to sell the only forward United have with any kind of goals record in the Premier League.

It looks like we will have a fair number of twists and turns in the remaining five weeks of the transfer window, though if Newcastle are demanding and kind of significant money for the likes of Williamson and Gouffran, then it will be all but impossible to shift them.