Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark is reportedly close to agreeing a new deal with the club.
According to the Telegraph, the 31-year-old has been attracting interest from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
But the report says that the left-footed centre-back is now “close” to agreeing a fresh deal at St James’ Park.
His current £35,000-a-week (Spotrac) contract with Newcastle is due to expire at the end of the season, but he is now expected to extend his stay with the Toon beyond the summer.
Clark has started the previous nine Premier League games and has become an important player under current manager Steve Bruce.
The Republic of Ireland international has a no-nonsense approach and isn’t flashy on the ball, but is a solid top-flight defender.
Losing Clark in the summer, especially on a free at the end of the season, would be a blow for Newcastle.
But it sounds like he’s made his mind up to extend his time on Tyneside and he’s a reliable defender for the club, which is why it’s a positive piece of transfer news.
He’s been a great servant since he joined from Aston Villa and 11 goals in 102 Newcastle appearances for a centre-back shows the threat he provides in the air.