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Ciaran Clark continues to be rinsing Newcastle

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Newcastle United moved on various peripheral figures within the latest window, albeit with PIF having taken successful after sanctioning these mortgage exits, specifically, with the Magpies nonetheless having to fork out to pay these gamers’ wages.

As per the Telegraph, the Tynesiders are reportedly nonetheless paying a big chunk of defender Ciaran Clark’s £40k-per-week wage, regardless of the Republic of Eire worldwide having joined Sheffield United on a short-term deal over the summer time.

The report means that the Blades are contributing only a third of the centre-back’s wages at current, with Newcastle having needed to comply with such poor a deal so as to attempt to tempt potential suitors into making a transfer.

That has ensured that the 33-year-old stays a monetary burden for the membership, having roughly value round £12.5m in wages since his arrival from Aston Villa again in 2016, with the northeast facet having agreed to a £5m payment to prise him from the Midlands outfit on the time.

That has confirmed an costly signing for a participant who has not often satisfied throughout his time at St James’ Park, having merely made “too many errors” over the previous six years, within the phrases of pundit Noel Whelan.

The previous Villa man had notably been a part of a “fragile” backline at the beginning of final season – as described by Whelan – though shortly discovered himself out of the facet following the appointment of present boss Eddie Howe, with a crimson card early on within the draw with Norwich Metropolis again in November seemingly proving the ultimate nail within the coffin, as he went on to characteristic solely as soon as for the membership within the top-flight in 2022.

That lack of motion had additionally been brought on by his omission from Howe’s 25-man Premier League squad for the second half of final time period, with the arrival of Dan Burn having shunted the 36-cap dud even additional down the pecking order.

Fortunately so far as the membership is worried, the £1.08m-rated man – who has made 129 appearances for the Magpies up to now – will quickly not be their concern with just below a yr left on his current deal, having solely featured twice within the second tier so far throughout his time at Bramall Lane on account of damage.

It’s going to, nonetheless, be a frustration for PIF to see him nonetheless raking in a reasonably hefty wage to not even be taking part in at current, with Clark having actually grow to be one thing of a wage burner in latest instances.

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