EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland hoping to bring fans’ favourite home

Date published: Tuesday 19th December 2017 9:05 - Matthew Briggs

TEAMtalk can reveal Newcastle outcast Jack Colback could be on his way back to Sunderland this January.

Defensive midfielder Colback has fallen out of favour under Rafa Benitez and has not played a single game this season and has been forced to train with the youth side after being left out of Newcastle’s Premier League squad.

Colback played 21 times in Benitez’s promotion winning side last term, but he has now been told he is free to leave, although due to his wages Newcastle may have to sanction a loan move.

And Sunderland – the club Colback began his career with and starred for – are keen on bringing the 28-year-old back to Wearside.

Colback left the Black Cats on a free transfer to join the club the club he grew up supporting in July 2014 and he has made 94 appearances for the Toon Armey.

Sunderland though are not the only interested party with the likes of Leeds, Derby, Bristol City and Reading also keen, but the chance to remain in the North East could be key to land Colback.

Benitez managed to offload Emmanuel Riviere, Siem de Jong, Daryl Murphy and Grant Hanley in the summer and Colback was available on transfer deadline day a

Wolves, Hull City and Sunderland were all linked with him over the summer.

“I’m absolutely delighted. To come to the team I supported as a boy, my hometown team, will be really special for me,” said Colback when he moved in 2014.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t let slip. If you asked fans around the world the one thing they’d like to do before they die, it would be to play for the team they support and I’ve got the chance to do that.”

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