Nottingham Forest are said to be keen to bring Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback back to the City Ground this summer.
There’s no doubt that the tenacious midfielder became a very popular figure on Trentside during his two loan spells. He would be welcomed back to the club with open arms.
Colback isn’t in the first team picture at St James’ Park after falling completely out of favour under Rafael Benítez. He’ll be desperate to secure a permanent move away from the club one way or another.
It wouldn’t be surprising if he was top of Martin O’Neill’s list of targets this summer. It should be one of the club’s main priorities. The only stumbling block could be the midfielder’s hefty wages.
According to Spotrac, he currently earns £35k-a-week at Newcastle. He’ll have to take a wage cut if he is to join the Reds.
‘If we don’t do this it’s ridiculous’
In this case, many Forest fans can’t believe that the Magpies are willing to let him leave for just £1 million. They’ve been sharing their disbelief on social media this afternoon.
A million quid, we’ve wasted more on severance pay for managers.
Get it done, make him club captain and let’s move on #NFFC
— 🏴🦁🦁🦁Gaz🦁🦁🦁🏴 (@gazcol77) May 16, 2019
imagine what a bargain it’ll be if the colback rumours are true😍#nffc
— lauren🥰 (@nffc_lauren) May 16, 2019
Apparently a million pounds for colback it’s got to be a no brainer they’ll be a lot interested at that price let’s get him signed up quickly #nffc
— @forest4eversteve (@biltonsteve) May 16, 2019
— ٌ (@KieranNffc29) May 16, 2019
— 3.1 (@C_Taphouse17) May 16, 2019
That’s a steel! Get him! #nffc
— Rory⭐️⭐️ (@Rory1865) May 16, 2019
O’Neill has made no secret of the fact that he wants to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis. But he may have to clear a few players out, before bringing any in.
The Reds have a bloated squad, with too many defensive midfielders in the squad. Ben Watson, Claudio Yacob, Liam Bridcutt and Ryan Yates are all contracted for next season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see one or more of them leave to accommodate the return of Colback.
If Colback was to return to Forest, it would be one major step taken to ensure the squad is ready for a stronger push for promotion next season.