NEWCASTLE United’s out-of-favour midfielder Dan Gosling is being offered to Championship clubs on a season-long loan, writes MARK DOUGLAS.
The former England under-21 international is in desperate need of a new start after injuries blighted his progress at St James’ Park, and his representatives are understood to have contacted several Premier League and Championship clubs to find whether there is interest in the 23-year-old.
However, The Journal understands that his weekly wage of around £25,000 will make any move difficult for second-tier clubs who do want to take him.
Championship clubs are tightening their belts to comply with strict caps on wages from next season and while some have expressed an interest, there appears little chance of any of them taking a chance on the former Everton man unless Newcastle subsidise his weekly wage.
It is unfortunate for Gosling, who has seen his big move to Tyneside fail to really take off. He was signed on a four-year contract in 2010 while still recovering from a cruciate knee ligament problem but has never been used regularly by Alan Pardew.
Gosling knows that he needs games to prove that he has finally put a serious knee injury behind him, but only played eight times last season and is keen to play regularly somewhere next year.
He is just one of a number of fringe men that United may move on in the close season as they look to clear a path to the first team for younger players like Gael Bigirimana.
The Journal understands that Shane Ferguson will also be offered out on loan, while defender Mike Williamson is close to completing a move to Cardiff City.
United may also listen to offers for James Perch, who is interesting Leicester, but Alan Pardew is understood to have lobbied the board for the midfielder to be given a new contract.
Ferguson is also wanted by Birmingham City – while his international manager Michael O’Neill has told the winger that he should be looking to play regularly next season. O’Neill told BBC Newcastle: “He’s at an age now where he needs to play.
“Certainly going out to Birmingham was a bonus for him – he was getting games and was on the fringes at Newcastle before the transfer window opened, and then an influx of new players made it more difficult for him to make the breakthrough.
“From his point of view he just wants to continue playing. When he goes back to Newcastle he'll hope to be making inroads into the first team again.
“If not then he'll probably look at his options with regards to going out on loan and playing elsewhere.”
United do not anticipate making a move in the transfer market until next month but are planning to hold talks with defensive target Douglas over the next 10 days.
He is said to be looking for reassurances that he would be involved in the first team, but would battle Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Steven Taylor for game time.
Taylor has recently switched agents to work with Willie McKay but insists he remains committed to Newcastle.
He said: “I am still living my dream here. Being at Newcastle is the best thing which has ever happened to me. I am still living the dream of every young lad that is in this city.
“I still cannot describe the feeling when you walk over that line in front of 52,000 fans in a stadium like ours. It is what I have always wanted to do. I have to keep pinching myself.”
Meanwhile, United are not understood to be in the hunt for Brown Ideye, the Nigerian international and Dinamo Kiev striker. He was linked with the club yesterday – but Newcastle’s main target remains Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.