Newcastle have 18 days left in the transfer window, and as well as still trying to bring three players into the club, Newcastle will start the clear-out of those fringe players who will not be in the Newcastle first team squad this season.
The most experienced player who will be up for sale is Mike Williamson, who didn’t make the bench for the first game against Southampton on Sunday, and he will end five and a half years on Tyneside, after signing for us for £1M from Portsmouth in January, 2010.
Mike Williamson in action in pre-season
Former manager Chris Hughton at Brighton, who signed Mike for Newcastle, is said to be interested in taking Mike to the south coast club.
Four younger players are also cited in the Chronicle today as available for transfer this summer, and they are Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid and Kevin Mbabu.
If Newcastle cannot get a permanent deal for the players we expect the club to at least loan the players out to get them off the wage bill.
Those final four players were at one time youngsters with great promise on Tyneside, but for whatever reason they have not come through at Newcastle, and are now surplus to requirements.
Other players we suspect may be leaving the club are Sylvain Marveaux, who has no future at Newcastle, and maybe Yoan Gouffran and Rob Elliot.
Rob cannot be too happy at dropping down a place in the goalkeeper pecking order, since Karl Darlow finally arrived from Nottingham Forest.
The one player we expected to be leaving this summer, but will probably now stay is Cheick Tiote.
Steve McClaren knows all about the Ivory Coast player, and it was interesting Tiote came on in place of the injured Vurnon Anita on Sunday.
Steve managed Cheick at FC Twente for two years before he was sold to Newcastle for £3.5M in the summer of 2010, and we expect Cheick to get a new lease of life at Newcastle with McClaren now in charge.
He will have to fight it out for one of those two holding midfield positions, with Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita currently being the two men starting in those positions.
McClaren will have to name his 25 man squad for the Premier League in early September, so he will be working out if Newcastle need any more players brought in this summer.
At the very least we need another experienced defender brought in.
Steve has even said he wants a core squad of only 20 players he can draw on this season, but that seems small – when you think of all the injuries we pick up every season.
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