Jack Colback has so far refused to sign a new deal at Sunderland, and he could become a free agent at the end of June when his contract runs out, and Newcastle are said to be in advanced negotiations to sign the midfielder who can also play at full-back.
Jack Colback – on his way to Newcastle
But news in the Mirror today that Sunderland will make another attempt to sign the 24 year-old, who is from Killingworth, and he signed for Sunderland when he was 10 years old in 2000.
Jack is said to be a Newcastle fan which wouldn’t be too surprising given he was born just outside Long Benton.
Sunderland are almost safe from relegation now after a famous 1-0 victory today at Old Trafford, and if Norwich don’t win at Chelsea tomorrow the Black Cats will be safe, and then they will need to decide which of the nine players out of contract in the summer, they want to offer new contracts too.
They have delayed the decision until they know whether they would be in the Premier League, but that has given Newcastle some time to negotiate with Colback’s representatives and things are said to be at an advanced stage in those negotiations.
This is what the Sunderland manager Poyet has said about both Colback and Phil Bardsley, who is also out of contract at the end June:
“We had conversations with Jack and Phil, which did not work out the way anyone hoped, so we decided to put an end to those talks.”
“But the idea now is to leave it until we know for sure where we will be next season and then maybe talk again.” “It’s a few more days to wait to know the outcome of the season – it’s not months – and it’s better for them and better for us.”
In fact it would be a shock if Norwich can beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, so Sunderland could even be safe tomorrow, but it could be that Newcastle are too far advanced in their negotiations.
Jack has been in great form for Sunderland over their last four games, which has seen them get a fantastic 10 points – with wins at Man United today and they won at Chelsea and only narrowly failed to also win at Manchester City, and of course they crushed Cardiff City 4-0 last Sunday at home.