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Newcastle United reportedly have a deal with free agent midfielder Jack Colback ready to go when he's back from holiday.

Chris Brunskill

Newcastle United's transfer window has been noticeably slow and bleak, which sounds all too familiar. In some sort of good news however, it sounds like the Toon have a deal worked out with ex-Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback, who is a Geordie and grew up as a Newcastle fan before signing with Sunderland at 10 years old.

The 24-year old midfielder's contract expired and despite some interest from West Ham, Aston Villa and even Sunderland trying to bring him back, has chose to make the switch to the good guys, according to The Chronicle.

Sources close to Colback say that he was eager to make the right move at this stage of his career, and it is believed to have been offered a £10m package by West Ham.

But the Chronicle understands that Colback is now poised to play for the club he supported as a kid.

If the report is true and Newcastle sign Colback, I think it's a decent move with a bit of "meh" mixed it. Colback will provide at the worst much needed depth in the central midfield and an upgrade from Dan Gosling who's on his way out. Then of course you have to figure in the scum factor, but on a free overall I think it's a good signing if there are others on the way.

Speaking of signings on the way, it's been widely assumed that Newcastle are ready to finalize a deal for 20-year old Tenerfe striker Ayoze Perez, but the general feeling is he'd be more of a developmental player than a first teamer right away.