Fabricio Coloccini has been linked with a Greek exit – to Olympiakos.
Reports in Greece today claimed that Newcastle United’s captain had been offered to the Piraeus club, which won the Greek Super League last season and qualified for the Champions League.
Olympiakos, understood to have another defensive target in mind this summer, are yet to comment on the speculation.
Coloccini, entering the last year of his St James’s Park contract, has not played for Newcastle so far this pre-season.
The 33-year-old has been struggling with an Achilles problem, but United head coach Steve McClaren still hopes to have Coloccini fit for the first game of the new Premier League season.
Speaking on Sunday, McClaren said: “I know things were difficult last season, but I want him out on the field in a Newcastle shirt playing for the team.”
However, Coloccini’s days at Newcastle look numbered, and the club could yet sell him before the transfer window closes next month.
Crystal Palace have been strongly linked with a move for Coloccini, who has struggled for form and fitness over the past two seasons.
Coloccini could make his seasonal debut this week.
United take on York City at Bootham Crescent tomorrow night and entertain Borussia Monchengladbach at St James’s Park on Saturday.