Jack Colback has one year left on his five year Newcastle United deal.
The midfielder frozen out by Rafa Benitez but refused to go out on loan last summer, ending up playing for and training with the reserves.
On transfer deadline day in January, the former Sunderland midfielder eventually agreed a temporary move to Nottingham Forest and impressed in the second tier.
The Newcastle squad returned for pre-season on Friday and the Chronicle are already reporting that Jack Colback will be back with the reserves if he doesn’t move on.
Wages are believed to be the main stumbling block to any potential transfer, with claims of the midfielder earning anything between £40,000 and £60,000 per week, depending on which reports you read.
Newcastle have seen a succession of players prove impossible to move due to wages beyond their ability, Massadio Haidara only the latest to see out his contract to the very end at Newcastle rather than getting football elsewhere but at lower wages.
Nottingham Forest are claimed to be keen to take Jack Colback back and certainly the players want to see him signed up.
Forest Captain Ben Watson partnered Colback in midfield last season and he says ‘everyone in the changing room would like to see Jack Colback back.’
Watson says the Newcastle player ‘did great for us last season’ and clearly wants him to return.
Whilst Colback may need to take a drop in wages, there is no doubt that Forest are going to have a real go at promotion this coming season, already they have a net spend of £25m in this transfer window, so you would imagine they can accommodate Jack Colback if he realistic about any wage offer.
Rafa Benitez has a long list of players he wants to move on and Colback figures highly on that.
Ben Watson asked if he would like to see Forest sign Jack Colback:
“Everyone in the changing room would like to see Jack Colback back.
“But Jack has got his issues or whatever to get through at Newcastle.
“He did great for us last season but, if it is not Jack, we have a lot of great boys who can play in that position.
“I don’t know what the gaffer is thinking.
“About whether he wants to sign another midfielder or not.
“We will leave the boss to do the signings and focus on enjoying playing and hopefully enjoying getting three points.”