Report claims Newcastle's summer clear-out will top 2009; foreign stars to leave en masse

Newcastle allowed 10 first-team players to depart the last time they were relegated.

Newcastle United's summer clear-out will top 2009 if they are relegated from the Premier League, claims a report in Tuesday's Sun newspaper.

The Magpies allowed 10 senior players to leave the last time they were relegated, with Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Damien Duff among the most high-profile departures.

But according to the Sun, their casualty list will be even bigger this time around and could even include their recently-appointed boss Rafa Benitez.

Unlike at Sunderland, it is reported that the contracts of many Newcastle stars do not include relegation pay cuts, forcing the club to sell some of their biggest names.

The tabloid claims that Georginio Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko all want to quit the club, with Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse and Siem De Jong also expected to leave, and the future of Andros Townsend uncertain.

Another January signing, Henri Saivet, will apparently head a quartet of up-for-sale "French flops", comprising Florian Thauvin, Yoann Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere, while Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan will not have their contracts renewed.

Worse still, it is claimed that one of strike pair Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic will be sold to balance the books.

Such an exodus would leave the Magpies with a largely British core, boosted, according to the report, by youngsters Adam Armstrong, Jamie Sterry, Callum Williamson and Liam Gibson.

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