Newcastle are likely going to do their best to offload Jack Colback, Jamie Sterry, and Henri Saivet this winter to get them off the wage bill. Whether it’s loan deals or permanent ones, all three need to be moved next month.
That will also be the case for Rolando Aarons, who is due to return from his loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers on January 13th. Aarons has been decent in League One for Wycombe but has managed only 3 starts and has again been hampered by injuries.
Unless they extend the loan to the end of the season, Rolando is another player who must find a new home in January.
For each new signing Newcastle bring in next month, they’ll also have to move on a player from the 25-man squad. So some candidates most likely have already been identified in preparation for any incomings.
One player that seems an obvious choice is 30-year-old Ki Sung-yueng. The South Korean has made only three appearances this term but has not made a match-day squad in the last nine games.
With Matty Longstaff now firmly ahead of him in the pecking order, any interest in the midfielder could be welcomed by Newcastle. Ki signed just a two-year deal in 2018 so it’s due to expire next summer.
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh was asked in their Q&A about Ki’s future, and this is part of what he had to say:
I haven’t heard of anything being imminent, but I do know that some people in and around Newcastle have discussed the possibility of him leaving – and Ki himself would certainly be interested in first-team football if a decent opportunity presents itself.
While we like Ki for his experience, he’s just not a player Bruce has too much faith in. It could be best for him to find a new club in January so he can play first-team football.
One barrier to a winter move is that Ki can leave on a Bosman in the summer. That will give him a bit more freedom to find the right club. However, he could always move on loan this winter as well and then decide his future this summer.
It may not matter too much if we don’t bring in any new signings, but if we do, it looks like Ki will be one of the first to be on his way. That could mean up to five players will be out the door in January including the three who didn’t make the 25-man squad and Rolando Aarons.
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