Newcastle United have admitted they will continue to sell their better players if the right offers come in and players want to leave.
Newcastle United's board have admitted that they are likely to continue selling their better players at a fans' forum this week.
The Magpies have sold the likes of Andy Carroll, Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba over recent years, causing frustrations amongst the fan-base, but it seems their sales won't be the last.
Indeed, the Newcastle board are quoted by the Chronicle as saying that because of their transfer policy it is only realistic to expect their better players to move on.
"The reality is that because of the age profile and ambition of the players the club will target, it is not unreasonable to think that Newcastle United may not be the last club they will play for," a collection of board members, including Lee Charnley, are quoted.
Newcastle have clearly got an impressive scouting system in place and they have brought some talented players to the club over recent years.
The Magpies are keen to invest in young talent, with high re-sale values, but the fact that they are so willing to cash-in on their key players means that progress has been slow.
Newcastle simply cannot push on in the league when they are losing the players most central to their plans and it is hard to see how they will break into the top-six with this current ethos.
The statement brings the likes of Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko's futures into doubt this summer, as both are being hunted by a host of clubs.
If either do move on they will be hard for Newcastle to replace, but it seems that there is a realisation at St. James' Park that if the club receives a sizeable bid it will be accepted.