Newcastle need to offload players this month, and one they’re trying to move on is Ki Sung-Yueng.
The South Korean has barely featured for Steve Bruce, only making three league appearances so far this season. He came off the bench against Rochdale, but was unable to spark the Magpies into life.
His contract is set to expire this summer, but Newcastle are keen to let him go early. And while there was talk of a return to Celtic, that now looks unlikely.
The Chronicle have reported that the Hoops aren’t willing to match Ki’s wage demands, with the 30-year-old currently earning around £60,000-a-week at Newcastle.
The Magpies are willing to accept a cut price fee for the midfielder, but it’s his wage demands that appear to be the stumbling block.
Celtic always seemed like the obvious choice for Ki. He was a great player during his first spell at Parkhead, where he played under current boss Neil Lennon.
The Hoops are an emotional club and always like to see one of their former heroes return, just like Fraser Forster did. But with Ki’s huge wages, Newcastle will have to look for a less sentimental buyer.
We’re struggling to get players off the books, and the consistent theme seems to be wages.