Five Newcastle players will be on their way, if the club can find a buyer.
Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid and Kevin Mbabu are all reported to be available to buy according to the Chronicle and their information from the club.
It’s reported elsewhere that Brighton are allegedly the latest club interested in Williamson, with Chris Hughton supposedly interested in a reunion.
Steve McClaren had said he was looking to have a key squad of no more than 20 players to rely on this season, so with none of those five featuring in the 18 man match day squad that faced Southampton it isn’t the biggest surprise they can go.
Especially when the 18 on duty against the Saints didn’t include injured players such as Paul Dummett and Remy Cabella, as well as the inexperienced centre-back Jamaal Lascelles.
Whilst the club are putting out the message that they are always looking for players, when asked about any further buys in the remaining 19 days of the transfer window.
I’m guessing that most of us probably anticipate there will be no major incoming signings unless an established player is sold first.
None of the five players named above would attract much in the way of a transfer fee, whilst the benefit of getting them off the wage bill would be minimal.
The player that would probably top my list in terms of being the kind of departure needed before a signing would be made, is Papiss Cisse.
Not that I would choose for him to be sold off, but surely it is unthinkable that Mike Ashley would allow another big money striker such as Charlie Austin to arrive, when United already have both Papiss Cisse and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Another player who you can well believe the club would welcome an approach for is Cheick Tiote. On top of his poor disciplinary record, the Ivory Coast midfielder has become increasingly injury prone as well as making a number of newspaper headlines for off the pitch reasons.
As one of United’s best paid players and in a position where there is probably the most options, Tiote will surely be seen as dispensable.