The Shields Gazette have reported that Newcastle United are looking to offload four senior players in the January transfer window as Steve Bruce looks to cut some dead wood from his Toon side.
The report claims Bruce will listen to offers for Javier Manquillo, Ki Sung-yueng, Yoshinori Muto and Dwight Gayle. The latter is believed to be interesting West Bromwich Albion, who could bring him back to the Hawthorns in January.
The four players have managed a combined 16 appearances in all competitions this season, only four of which have come from the start. For Gayle and Muto, the signings of Andy Carroll and Joelinton have pushed them onto the sidelines.
Emil Krafth has come in while DeAndre Yedlin is back from injury, leaving Manquillo with little chance of playing. The Longstaff brothers have become first choice under Bruce, and the duo continue to keep Ki in the stands.
TBR’s view – Should Newcastle sell all four players?
Gayle has struggled in the Premier League for Newcastle and it is clear that the player is more of Championship expert. He has little chance of breaking into the side, and a return to West Brom is probably his best move.
Manquillo is third choice at right-back while Jetro Willems continues to shine on the left side of defence. Selling Manquillo is the right decision, but letting Ki is a tad surprising – given that Newcastle are not blessed with enormous cover in midfield.
Muto offers plenty of versatility in the final third, able to play out wide, in the 10 role or up front. He has hardly been given a chance since his £9.5million (Sun) move to Tyneside, and perhaps Muto should be allowed a reprieve.