Jack Colback has now played his last game of a loan spell for Nottingham Forest.
The midfielder scoring his first and only goal of the season as Bolton came back to win 3-2 and secure their Championship survival.
Forest manager Aitor Karanka has made clear he wants to sign the player on a permanent deal.
However, the Nottingham Post has revealed that Jack Colback is on £40,000 a week wages at Newcastle United.
The two things don’t necessarily match up…
However, when asked about whether a lower wage offer will be an obstacle to the player signing, Karanka replied ‘If Jack Colback wants to be here, they won’t be.’
The player has one more year left on those £40,000 a week wages at Newcastle and clearly no Championship club who would be realistically interested in him, Forest or whoever, could be expected to get close to that figure.
Newcastle have been plagued by players who end up not being good enough, put on wages beyond their ability, who then refuse to move on and prefer to pick up higher wages but with no football.
Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan were both given five year contracts and refused to move, ending up with the pair being paid off only a couple of months short of their contracts ending.
Currently we have Massadio Haidara due to end a five and a half year deal, having refused to move back to France on lower wages.
We are also set to see whether the likes of Sels and Saivet will agree to move this summer, having to compromise on wages if they are to get a permanent transfer.
“If Jack Colback wants to be here, they won’t be.
“I have said always that the wages are important but it is more important to bring players here who want to be here.
“When you forget wages, when you trust in the project, and when you want to create something special, that is the main thing.
“The players who came here in January forgot about their wages, that is not what they were thinking about.
“I know that wages are important but I want players who want to stay here, who want to play for us.
“I hope Jack Colback wants to be part of that.
“I have to speak with Jack Colback (about his future), but for me, he has been brilliant.
“Since he arrived here he has been professional, he has had a good attitude.
“He was on loan and it would have been easy for him to think about playing under his level [in the final match of the season], purely to avoid getting injured.
“But until the final minute, he showed that he was a good player, but also a professional.”