Sidney Sam becomes free agent after controversial release, Newcastle reportedly interested

Schalke have controversially released winger Sidney Sam today.

Schalke have today confirmed on their official website that star winger Sidney Sam has been released with immediate effect.

Schalke lost 2-0 away to Koln this weekend, meaning Roberto Di Matteo's side now sit sixth in the Bundesliga table - and sporting director Horst Heldt has react angrily.

The Gelsenkirchen outfit confirmed on their official website earlier today that midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and winger Sam had been released from their contracts with immediate effect, whilst midfielder Marco Hoger has also been suspended.

It's a controversial decision taken by Schalke, with many believing that whilst it sends out a message to under-performing players, they are throwing money and talent down the drain.

German international winger Sam is likely to attract plenty of interest as a free agent, with Sport Bild recently reporting that Newcastle United wanted to sign the 27-year-old, as seen on Sport Witness.

Sam, formerly of Hamburg, joined Schalke from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, and still had three years to run on his contract at the Veltins Arena before today's release.

Newcastle may now sense a bargain with Sam available for free, though they surely won't be the only club looking to sign him this summer after today's bizarre events.

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