Leeds United and Birmingham City are both keen on a January move for Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback, according to the printed edition of the Daily Mirror.
Despite playing a key role in Newcastle’s immediate return to the Premier League, Colback has found game time hard to come by this season. He is yet to make a first team appearance this season.
Colback has found himself at the bottom of the pecking order, with Mikel Merino, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Mo Diame and even defender Chancel Mbemba all preferred options at the heart of the Newcastle midfield.
The 28-year-old was left out of the Newcastle United squad photo earlier on this season, with manager Rafa Benitez openly admitting that the midfielder was not part of his plans. He was also omitted from their 25 man squad for the upcoming season.
Colback came through the ranks of Newcastle’s fierce rivals Sunderland. Before making an appearance for the clubs first team he was loaned out to Championship side Ipswich Town. He played 37 times, scoring 4 times and won the clubs player of the season award for the 2009/10 season.
The midfielder was sent off on his Sunderland debut, and was once again loaned out to Ipswich Town. He made 13 appearances and subsequently returned to his parent club upon the end of his loan spell in January.
Colback established himself as a firm choice in the Sunderland first team and went on to play 115 times, scoring 4 goals. Upon his contract expiry, he controversially joined rivals Newcastle United on a free transfer, the team he supported as a boy.
After making 85 appearances for the Magpies it seems his days are now numbered at St James’ Park. A move to the Championship could help reignite his career, and enable him to play regular first team football.