FABRICIO Coloccini’s future is unlikely to be decided before Saturday’s home game against Reading.
Coloccini has told the club he wants to return to his native Argentina in this month’s transfer window.
And talks had been planned this week with the club’s captain, who wants to leave for what have been described as “personal matters”.
However, it is understood the meeting between Coloccini, his agent and United’s hierarchy might not be held until early next week, with the Argentina international likely to lead the club against Reading in the meantime.
Newcastle hope to persuade Coloccini to stay until the end of the season, when the situation could be reassessed.
The club is understandably unwilling to write off its investment in the influential defender, pictured – who signed a new four-year deal last season – and allow him to join Argentinian club San Lorenzo, who are hopeful his contract will be “rescinded”.
Contrary to speculation, Coloccini did not say his goodbyes to his team-mates this week.
Instead, the 30-year-old has trained normally with his colleagues ahead of the Reading game, which fans are hoping will not prove to be his final appearance at St James’s Park.
United manager Alan Pardew, already looking to sign one centre-half in this month’s transfer window, wouldn’t be drawn on speculation over Coloccini’s future last weekend.
Pardew could elaborate on the situation when he addresses the media ahead of the Reading game tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are in talks with French club Nancy over left-back Massadio Haidara.
The club has tabled a bid for the 20-year-old, who has also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur.
United are looking to strengthen what Pardew has termed the “underbelly” of a squad, which has been found wanting this season, and Haidara would offer competition to Premier League ever-present Davide Santon.
Ajax captain Siem De Jong, 23, is understood to be a longer-term target for Newcastle, who could move for the midfielder in the summer.
QUEENS Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed Newcastle United-target Loic Remy is set to join the club after completing a medical yesterday.