Report: Newcastle defender Mike Williamson open to summer exit

Newcastle defender Mike Williamson could be heading for the exit this summer.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United centre back Mike Williamson is open to a summer move away from St. James' Park.

The Magpies achieved Premier League survival with a 2-0 win over West Ham United on the final day of the season, and many supporters expect a summer of upheaval as a new manager and new players are brought into the club.

In order to sign new players, Newcastle may need to shift some players out of St. James' Park, and experienced defender Williamson could be one of the first for the chopping block.

The 31-year-old came in for plenty of criticism from Newcastle fans this season, and could now look for a fresh start according to The Chronicle.

They report that Williamson, formerly of Portsmouth and Watford, is now attracting interest from Championship clubs - and the defender is 'open' to leaving Newcastle this summer.

Williamson has just one year left on his contract on Tyneside and the Magpies may be willing to let him leave now and get some money for him rather than let him depart on a free transfer next summer.

With Newcastle likely to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer as well as hand opportunities to returning loanee Jamaal Lascelles, Williamson's days appear to be numbered - and according to the report, he is aware of that fact and may look for a move despite playing 33 times for Newcastle this season.

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