Dutch publication Tubantia understands that Eredivisie side FC Twente have taken Newcastle United midfielder Haris Vuckic on a week-long trial. The 24-year-old hasn’t appeared in the Magpies first team since a 1-0 away defeat at Leicester City in an FA Cup tie back in January 2015. His contract expires at the end of the season.

It is highly likely that his time at St James’ Park is coming to an end following a string of loan spells away in recent seasons. The most recent of those came earlier in the campaign when spending time out at Sky Bet League One promotion hopefuls Bradford City. Vuckic has also appeared for the likes of Wigan Athletic, Rangers, Rotherham United and Cardiff City in recent times.

The Slovenian has only ever played seven times in the first team with Newcastle, meaning manager Rafa Benitez is hardly going to be ‘busting a gut’ to try and extend the player’s stay with the club. Vuckic is now using the international break to try and impress those at FC Twente, who won the Eredivisie title under former Newcastle manager Steve McClaren in 2010.

The club already have a presence in the top flight division in Holland as two of their players are currently out on loan at that level. Tim Krul is currently enjoying a spell as goalkeeper of AZ Alkmaar, whilst Siem de Jong is also having a run in the side with third-placed PSV Eindhoven. In the case of Vuckic, it would appear now is a time to finally cut all connections with Newcastle and seek a fresh start, and a move into the Eredivisie certainly wouldn’t be a bad move at all for him.


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