Jack Colback is on good wages at Newcastle, but he is not on good terms with manager Rafa Benitez.
Benitez tried to get him out of the club last summer, but Jack resisted and trained with the U23 team until he went on loan in January to Nottingham Forest.
It appears that Forest want to make the move permanent this summer.
But it’s no surprise that his wages – said to be around £45K/week at Newcastle – are the stumbling block.
Jack Colback playing For Forest against Cardiff City
The Nottingham Post have an article out on the problem Forest have of signing Jack in the summer:
“For Colback, it sounds like his wages could be a factor for Forest.”
“He’ll be on a Premier League wage packet at Newcastle United, so would need to take a pay cut to sign for (manager) Aitor Karanka.”
“It’s whether he’s willing to do that.”
“But on the flip side, he’ll know that he’s likely to be playing more at the City Ground.”
It looks like Jack wants it both ways – he wants to be on Newcastle’s books, so he continues to get his high wages and he wants to play regularly as well.
But Newcastle will want to sell him this summer rather than allow him to move for free next summer when he will be a free agent.
Watch for Rafa Benitez to try to get him out of the club on a permanent transfer for around £5M this summer.
But what Jack will want is another loan deal – maybe back to Forest or another top Championship club.
Then he can get a good contract next summer when he will become a free agent.
It should be interesting to see what happens with the local lad this summer and remember he signed for Newcastle as a free agent from Sunderland in 2014.