Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Simpson and Best Can Leave Magpies

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Simpson and Best Can Leave Magpies

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Byline: Mark Douglas

NEWCASTLE United will let Danny Simpson and Leon Best leave this summer. The Journal understands that the club have grown tired of Simpson's protracted contract negotiations and will allow him to depart in the close season if their valuation of the right-back is met.

And Best - who has dropped down the pecking order since the arrival of Papiss Cisse - will also be made available for transfer. The striker has grown frustrated at his lack of game time and has still not played a minute of football since recovering from the serious ankle injury he picked up in early February.

Both have been part of the squad since the Championship promotion season, but United illustrated last summer that they are prepared to be ruthless in their bid to keep progressing.

And both would represent high-profile casualties in any summer reshuffle that Alan Pardew oversees.

Simpson (right) insists he wants to stay at Newcastle but is understood to be looking for better terms than the pounds 25,000-a-week final offer that United have tabled to him. …

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