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Jack Colback Tried To Exit Newcastle Deal To Go To West Ham – Reports

6 years ago
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An even more controversial cherry has been added on top of the already emotionally charged Jack Colback transfer to Newcastle.

Reports are now being made public that claim after [intlink id=”43782″ type=”post”]Jack Colback had signed up with Newcastle United,[/intlink] he then tried to get out of the deal and sign for West Ham.

However, as the reports go, Newcastle refused to let the then Sunderland midfielder out of the agreed deal and according to The Mirror, Mike Ashley actually tried to get £5m off West Ham for his signature! I wouldn’t have minded seeing Sam Allardyce’s face if that bit is true.

The newspaper’s report claims that Newcastle are paying Colback £50,000 a week and it was more the player’s worries about the negative reaction from Sunderland fans to him joining his boyhood team, that swayed him at the last minute towards Upton Park.

I was told a number of days ago a similar story, which also said Colback had tried to get out of the Newcastle agreement – but I saw little point in stirring things up, especially when the midfielder is saying all the right things about what a dream playing for Newcastle is etc etc

However, now the subject/cat is out of the bag – what I was told was that Colback had actually been offered more money by West Ham, allegedly £20,000 a week more – £50,000 instead of Newcastle’s £30,000 a week.

With Colback trying to wriggle out of the NUFC deal for a £1m more a season, though maybe the Tyne/Wear worries did also play a part.

Whatever the case, Mike Ashley has recruited no doubt what he sees as a bargain and let’s just hope that Jack Colback proves a bargain on the pitch as well. No matter what the background to his signature was.

However, on a personal note, while I have no sympathy for the mackems, I am always doubting of a player who is happy to wind his contract down simply to strengthen his wage demands, especially in the modern day of average players becoming millionaires in a single season, even if they are sold on rather than out of contract.

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