According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are willing to sell four players as they look to trim their squad.
The report states that Fabian Schar, Sean Longstaff, Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick are all available.
Steve Bruce allegedly wants to bring Hamza Choudhury to St James’ Park, but needs to move some players on first.
Despite getting rid of a lot of fringe players, Newcastle still have a sizeable squad. As it stands, they need to free up space in their 25-man squad if they want to sign anyone else.
But are these the right players to move on? Fabian Schar is one of our best defenders, while Ciaran Clark actually started the opening day defeat to West Ham.
Sean Longstaff is the most interesting name – a player who was valued at £50million just two years ago.
Since then he’s really struggled, never recapturing the form he showed under Rafa Benitez.
Some fans want Longstaff to stay, and it’s hard to disagree.
They’re also very keen on keeping Schar, who is our best ball-playing defender.
If we are going to continue using a back three then we should be starting Schar. We need players who are comfortable in possession, and Schar is exactly that.
Bruce wants to sign a new centre-back, so it seems strange that the club would happily sell two of our defensive options.
But when do things ever make sense at Newcastle United?