Nottingham Forest are edging ever closer to agreeing a deal to sign Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback, according to a report from the Northern Echo.

Despite reports last night suggesting that a loan deal was on the cards, it appears that the Sky Bet Championship side favour a permanent move.

Colback spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest, making 16 appearances and scoring one goal.

He made the move after a fallout with Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez, and he hit out at the Spaniard when he left.

After that, it was always going to be difficult for him to revitalize his career at St James’ Park, and he has now been told that he is surplus to requirements and he will be allowed to leave the club this summer.

In fact, he is so far out of Benitez’s plans that he was excluded from the squad’s pre-season training camp, and was told to actively seek a new club.

There is one small stumbling block as far as Nottingham Forest are concerned, and that is the wages. Obviously Colback’s wage at Newcastle is greater than what Forest are willing to offer, so it is down to the player, and whether or not he is willing to take a pay-cut.

If he does, Nottingham Forest will be getting their hands on an extremely experienced player who could help push the squad in the right direction next season.

Jack Colback has played 179 times in the top flight of English football, representing both Newcastle United and Sunderland.

In those 179 games, he has scored nine goals and assisted ten for team mates.

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