Guthrie to leave Newcastle Utd

Danny Guthrie
Danny Guthrie

DANNY Guthrie will leave Newcastle United this summer.

The out-of-contract midfielder won’t be handed a new deal at the club.

United manager Alan Pardew had been keen to keep Guthrie at St James’s Park, and there were discussions about a new contract in the latter part of last season.

However, SportMail understands that there is no longer a deal on the table for 25-year-old, who will now leave Newcastle for the regular first-team football he craves.

Last season Guthrie found his opportunities limited by the form of first-choice central midfield pair Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote.

However, he impressed when called upon, though, tellingly, he wasn’t involved in the last few weeks of the season, despite being fit.

And his last appearance was in the 2-0 home win over his former club Liverpool in early April.

Aston Villa were keen on Guthrie before Alex McLeish’s dismissal, while West Bromwich Albion have also been linked with the Shrewsbury-born player, signed by Kevin Keegan in the summer of 2008.

Guthrie made 104 appearances – and scored nine goals – in his four years at Newcastle, but he frequently found himself on the bench, and his frustration at a lack of starts was often evident.

United declined to comment on Guthrie’s future. However, the club is expected to soon publish its retained list.

Striker Peter Lovenkrands also out of contract.

Lovenkrands said this week he was still unsure if he was going to be offered a new deal.