Newcastle United Transfer Watch: Who's Coming and Who's Going?
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After a hectic transfer window in January, the end of the season sees the window reopen and the free-for-all start all over again. New players will arrive and old ones will depart almost every club in the Premier League, but who will stay on Tyneside and who will leave the Magpies for pastures new in the summer months?
The theory behind the next slides are based on player form, development, reported happiness and interest from other clubs. Note that players who could leave on loan have not been included due to the number of potential loanees.
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Fabricio Coloccini: Going
Coloccini in action against Norwich City
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We start with the most obvious one, Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini.
The Argentina international seems intent on returning to his homeland in the summer, having missed out on the chance to join boyhood team San Lorenzo in January.
Reports of homesickness seem to be concrete, and the 31-year-old may have already played his last game for Newcastle, having injured himself for up to seven weeks attempting a bicycle kick clearance against Southampton and breaking two bones in his back.
This summer will surely see Coloccini return to his native land and leave amongst mixed emotions from Newcastle fans. Some will remember his loyalty when the Geordies were relegated to the Championship, while others will be annoyed he jumped ship when tempted by a return home.
In truth, you can't really blame a man for wanting to go home having spent almost his entire career in Europe, and with his likely destination being San Lorenzo, it's not like he is joining a rival club to Newcastle.
Toby Alderweireld: Coming?
Alderweireld beats Carlos Tevez in the Champion's League
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Toby Alderweireld has been linked with a move to England for some time now, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle credited with interest. No concrete offers have been made to his club, Ajax, though and for now, the Belgian centre-back continues to impress on the other side of the channel.
With Coloccini expected to leave Newcastle in the summer, a replacement could be brought in and Alderweireld is one of the targets should Alan Pardew require a new defender.
The chances of the move happening are entirely dependent on whether Alan Pardew believes he needs another centre-back, but Alderweireld would certainly be a welcome addition if the Magpies boss dips into the market.
Danny Simpson: Going
Simpson's Newcastle career could be over once his contract expires
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Danny Simpson is another of the Newcastle squad that is almost certain to leave Newcastle in the summer. The former Manchester United defender's contract runs out in the summer and having lost his place in the first team to new boy Mathieu Debuchy, there is no desire to make a U-turn and sign a new deal.
Add to the fact that Simpson's new girlfriend, Tulisa Contostavlos, lives down south and the Newcastle defender is looking to move closer to her, and there's another reason why he will be leaving Tyneside.
The 26-year-old right-back has had his critics of late, with some questioning his defensive ability and his lack of final pass in the opposition's half. However, it can't be denied that last season Simpson earned Newcastle numerous points with his clearances off the line, earning him the nickname Danny "Off the Line" Simpson.
A replacement is not expected to be brought in as Debuchy is covered by Ryan Taylor or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Jonas Gutierrez: Going?
Could Gutierrez follow Coloccini out of Newcastle?
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This one may come as a bit of a surprise for some, as Gutierrez is generally well-liked on Tyneside.
He has had a poor season, though, frustrating with his below-par crossing and surrendering possession too easily for anyone's liking.
The main reason behind Gutierrez's involvement in this list, though, is the expected departure of his best friend, Fabricio Coloccini. If Coloccini leaves then Gutierrez may be tempted to follow, as he will be the only South American in the Newcastle side and a return to Spain may begin to play on his mind.
There are sure to be suitors for him if he does decide to move, as Gutierrez is a very useful player when he plays well. However, there simply hasn't been enough of these days this season, and with Alan Pardew set to sign more attacking wingers in the summer, Jonas' position could be further under threat.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Coming?
Aubameyang is an ambitious target but undoubtedly a top player
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The rumours surrounding the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not cease. The St. Etienne striker has bagged 34 goals in just 77 games for his current side and has attracted glances from Europe's top clubs.
Standing over six feet tall and with electric pace, Aubameyang would be a stunning capture for Newcastle, should Graham Carr and Alan Pardew pull off a deal for the striker.
The one advantage Newcastle have over other clubs is the amount of Frenchmen already on Tyneside, which would ease any worries over Aubameyang settling in.
Pardew is known to be in chase of another striker as competition for Papiss Cisse. However, Aubameyang may be tempted by other clubs should a bidding war ensue for Saint-Etienne's star man.
Gabriel Obertan: Going
Obertan has frustrated since joining Newcastle
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Here's one that most Newcastle fans would agree with!
Gabriel Obertan has been a flop since joining from Manchester United for £3 million, and it seems Alan Pardew's patience with the flying Frenchman has ran out.
Nobody can deny that Obertan has had numerous chances to show he has what it takes to play for Newcastle, as Pardew has played him in almost every role to try and give him every chance.
But his inability to even control the ball has hardly won over any fans on Tyneside, and many will be glad to see the back of him, providing Newcastle can find a buyer.
The most annoying thing is that Obertan has the physical qualities to be a top player. He can dribble and has electric pace, but the simple side of the game such as keeping possession seems too difficult for him, and it's only a matter of time before a manager's patience snaps and he is sold.