Newcastle are preparing to allow two players to leave in January, according to reports.

Full-back Achraf Lazaar is set to leave on a permanent deal, after failing to establish himself in the first-team since arriving from Palermo in 2016.

The Moroccan joined the Magpies on a five-year deal, but was sent out on loan to Benevento in 2017. Serie A provided no relief for the left-back, as Lazaar made just nine appearances in his time back in Italy.

Lazaar will likely leave Newcastle having made just nine senior appearances, in what has been an entirely forgettable stay.

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On a lighter note, Cal Roberts is to get a chance away from St James’ on loan. An impressive run of form for the U23s has meant Rafael Benitez is ready to allow the South Shields-native to leave temporarily.

The winger has had two previous loan spells in his time at Newcastle, at Gateshead and Kilmarnock.