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.
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.