Given the season Newcastle have had, there is certain to be a clear-out of the squad this summer, and it could be the biggest transfer window at Newcastle for some time, as the club not only let players go, but bring in a number of new players to replace them.
Shola Ameobi – will leave the club in June
Two players have their contracts running out at the end of June and they will not be renewed. and those players are long-serving Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling, who has been on Tyneside for nearly four years, but just hasn’t made the grade.,
And Dan was charged by the FA yesterday for betting violations of FA Rule 8B, and he has requested a personal hearing.
Both Shola and Dan will leave the club at the end of June.
There will also be three French wingers who will be leaving Newcastle this summer – Romain Amalfitano, Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux.
Romain has been at the club for nearly two years and is currently out on loan to French second division side Dijon, and he’s just never made the grade at Newcastle.
Both Gabby and Sylvain were signed almost three years ago, and while both have featured in the first team fairly regularly before this season, their appearances this season have been sparse at best – and both will be allowed to leave.
Jonas Gutierrez was signed at the same time as Fabricio Coloccini back in August of 2008, but he made only two appearances for Newcastle this season, before going out on loan in January to Norwich, and they have an option to buy him for £3M this summer – but this will be Jonas’ last season at Newcastle.
Those are the six players who are certain to leave, and others who could join them are Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, who are both on loan.
We nearly had Loic on the above list, and Newcastle would like to sign the player, but 85% of fans don’t think Newcastle will be able to do that, and Loic will likely join a club in the Champions League this summer.
Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor are two other players who have had little first team action this season, and they could also leave, and we don’t know the status of Fab Coloccini, who may still want to move back to Argentina to be with his family at the end of the season.
But there are six senior players who will definitely leave the club, and there could be more players join them.
Update – Since we brought out his report earlier today Loic Remy has said it’s his intention to join one of Europe’s top five clubs – so he will also not be at Newcastle next season.
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