DAN Gosling’s ready to reluctantly call time on his Newcastle United career – and start afresh away from St James’s Park.
The midfielder returned to the club earlier this month after completing a three-month loan at Blackpool.
And United manager Alan Pardew has indicated that Gosling, out of contract in the summer, is by no means certain to leave in this month’s transfer window, either on another loan or a permanent deal.
Pardew allowed another midfielder, Jonas Gutierrez, to join Norwich City on a temporary deal last week, and Gosling could be needed as cover at Newcastle between now and the end of the season.
Asked about Gosling’s future, Pardew said: “I just think I might keep Dan around and see how he goes. He did well at Blackpool.”
Blackpool were keen to buy Gosling, though they would have been unable to match his United wage, and in any case Paul Ince, the manager who took him to Bloomfield Road, was this week dismissed.
For his part, Gosling, signed in the summer of 2010 while recovering from a knee injury, is keen for some certainty going forward as he looks to revive a once-promising career.
And David Hodgson, the 23-year-old’s representative, feels a move this month would suit both Gosling and Newcastle, should the buying club pay a fee for the former England Under-21 international.
“In a perfect world, we would find a permanent move,” Hodgson said.
“That would suit both parties in terms of Dan knowing where his future is going to be, and Newcastle in terms of some type of renumeration. Both parties would get what they want.”
Pardew had a discussion with Gosling after he returned from Blackpool, and the final decision on what happens this month will rest with United.
However, Hodgon believes Gosling needs regular first-team football, something he is unlikely to get at Newcastle barring an injury crisis, over the coming weeks and months.
“Alan has had a long chat with Dan,” added former Middlesbrough and Liverpool striker Hodgson.
“The club has lost a player – Jonas Gutierrez – and he would like to keep Dan at the club.
“But the bottom line is how many games would he play? He played 12 games for Blackpool, all at a very good level.
“I understand where Alan is coming from. He wants to keep some bodies at the club. And Dan’s a player he knows won’t let him down.”