Premier League side Newcastle United are ready to sell midfielder Jack Colback in January with Leeds United and Birmingham City interested, according to the Chronicle.
The Championship duo have both sent scouts to watch Colback play for Newcastle’s U23 squad. He has fallen down the pecking order at the Premier League side and is expected to leave when the transfer window opens.
Colback, 28, came up through the Sunderland academy. He went onto play over 100 games for the Black Cats and also had two consecutive season-long loans at Ipswich Town in the Championship where he played 55 times in two seasons.
He made a shock move to Newcastle from Sunderland in 2014, becoming the first player to transfer from Sunderland to their bitter rivals since 1998. He has played 94 times for Newcastle and was part of the Magpies squad last season who won the Championship title under Rafa Benitez.
He is a reported target of Leeds United who are expected to be busy in January. They made a good start to life under Thomas Christiansen but their recent form has dipped. The potential signing of Colback in January would be boost for the Whites.
Birmingham City are another team who have been credited with an interest. They are currently in the relegation zone under Steve Cotterill and could be in real danger come the end of the season. Jack Colback would be a decent signing for them to tighten up their midfield and bring some more experience into their ranks. They will have to compete with other clubs to sign him though.