Sunderland star set for Premier League switch to Newcastle

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The Toon are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with highly-rated midfielder Jack Colback with the 24-year-old set to sign on a free transfer.

Sunderland fans must fear the worst amid reports indicating that prized midfielder Jack Colback is all set to move to local rivals Newcastle United.

The 24-year-old was one of the Black Cats’ standout players this term, helping the Wearsiders to become only the second team in Premier League history to avoid relegation having been bottom of the table on Christmas day.

But with Colback out of contract this summer and Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew eager to recruit more English players, the midfielder has been tempted into the controversial switch.

According to Chronicle Live, the Magpies have won the battle to land Colback, who was the subject of interest from several Premier League clubs.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce had hoped to tempt the player into a move down to London, but it would appear that, for the time being at least, the Killingworth-born player is keen on staying the north east.

Colback’s imminent departure represents a real blow to Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet, who had hoped to convince the England Under-20 international to agree a new deal this summer, once the club had secured their Premier League future.

But with the midfielder’s family ties firmly rooted in Tyneside and Colback a self-confessed Geordie himself, the opportunity to turn out for the Magpies appears to have proven too good to turn down.

Colback is the latest name to be linked with a move to St James’ Park, with the club already rumoured to be bidding for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack.

According to reports, the Toon could shell out as much as £8 million to land the Scotland international, who could be joined on Tyneside by Spanish striker Jonathan Soriano.

The Red Bull Salzburg star has been the subject of some interest from Newcastle, after topping the scoring charts in the Europa League last term.

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