According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is prepared for something of an exodus in what remains of the summer transfer window. Five players could depart St James’ Park before the deadline passes.
Whilst Bruce is keen to keep Dwight Gayle at the club, the striker could go in search of regular football elsewhere. Beyond that, the Magpies will listen to acceptable offers for Javier Manquillo. On top of that, the likes of Jack Colback, Henri Saivet and Achraf Lazaar are all considered surplus to requirements.
The loss of Gayle would be disappointing, but something the club could cope with following the arrivals of Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin. The 28-year-old striker needs to be playing week in, week out, but he has fallen too far down the pecking order to get that with Newcastle.
Bruce may want Gayle to stick around as a back up option, but the forward is unlikely to be keen on that. Having shone as a regular starter whilst on loan with West Brom in the Championship last season, he’ll be reluctant to take up a bit part role at this stage in his career. He hit 24 goals for the Baggies last season and enjoyed being the main man.
However, moving on the likes of Manquillo, Colback, Saivet and Lazaar simply makes sense. None have played significant roles for the club recently. Bruce will be keen to get their wages off the books. The recent arrivals of left-back Jetro Willems and attacking-midfielder Miguel Almiron have forced Lazaar and Saivet further out of the first team picture, respectively. In order for Bruce to rebuild his squad in his image, he must get these unneeded players out of his way.