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Transfer Window Special #3.4: Rumored Newcastle Departures

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This is part three (well, part of it) of a four part series about the upcoming transfer window, perhaps the most anticipated summer in Newcastle's recent history.  Check out the other entries in this series:

Part 1: Identifying Areas of Need

Part 2: Purchasing Strategies

Part 3.1: Rumored Striker Targets

Part 3.2: Rumored Midfield Targets

Part 3.3: Rumored Defense/Goalkeeper Targets

Part 4: The Final Wishlist (future post)

Watching the papers for transfer rumors involving your own favorite team's players can be a stressful activity.  In some cases (Xisco, Alan Smith), you're hopeful that somebody will take the player off your hands, and in others (Jose Enrique), August 31 can't arrive soon enough. 

Below, I have included a short profile on each Newcastle player mentioned by a major publication to have ties to another club since February 1.  The list is intended to be comprehensive but there is little doubt that I have missed some rumors and have incomplete information on the ones I happened to catch.  Any help you can give me in the comments is more than appreciated.  I plan to update this and the other lists every 1-2 weeks or as needed. 

It should be stated repeatedly and strongly that these are only rumors and the information contained here may or may not be accurate.  Though I do strive for accuracy, mistakes and misinformation are an unavoidable side effect of undertaking this endeavor.

Follow the jump for a list of all the Newcastle players rumored to be headed elsewhere.

Jose Enrique Sanchez

Long assumed to be gone this season, but Pardew is fighting for his services

Newcastle rejected £4 million bid from Liverpool; offered JE "fantastic" new contract

Interested: Liverpool, Manchester United, Lyon, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Arsenal, Aston Villa

Rumored price: £9-15 million


Joey Barton

Conflicting stories from player and club about whether or not a new contract has been offered

Interested: Everton, Birmingham, West Ham, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Hamburg, Olympiakos

Rumored price: £1-5 million


Kevin Nolan

A contract extension has been rumored for some time - why hasn't he signed yet?

Interested: Bolton Wanderers


Jonás Gutiérrez

Wants to eventually play in Serie A

Liverpool to offer £20 million for both Jonás and Jose Enrique?

Interested: Lazio, Liverpool, Roma


Cheik Tiote

Seems genuine when he says that Newcastle is the place for him, but of course everybody has their price.  That price is not likely to be Wilson Palacios.

Interested: Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea

Rumored price: £14-22 million


Wayne Routledge

Newcastle released him from his contract so QPR could make his loan permanent, but Routledge appears to be holding out for more

Interested: Queens Park Rangers

Rumored price: £1.5 million


Fraser Forster

Alan Pardew says Forster "was not challenged" in the SPL

Newcastle rejected £2 million bid from Celtic

Interested: Celtic, Norwich City


Tim Krul

Reportedly threatened to request a transfer if he's not the #1 keeper



Has returned from loan; Pardew rumored to be shopping him, but unsurprisingly there's been little interest


Alan Smith

One of only three NUFC players making over £60,000 a week

Interested: Rangers FC


Nile Ranger

Interested: Blackpool


Danny Simpson

Interested: West Ham United


Shefki Kuqi

Released by Newcastle


Sol Campbell

Released by Newcastle