Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Will Clear out Laer; Newcastle to Release Players on the Fringe

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Will Clear out Laer; Newcastle to Release Players on the Fringe

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JAMES Tavernier and Haris Vuckic are set to lead the summer clear-out of Newcastle United's fringe men - with Gael Bigirimana also heading for the St James' Park exit.

The Journal understands the names of defender Tavernier and forward Vuckic, who have been sent to Rotherham United on loan, have been circulated to Championship and League One clubs in the last few weeks as Alan Pardew tries to kickstart his summer rebuilding job.

Tavernier has performed well for the Millers as they made the League One play-offs and there is understood to be interest from the South Yorkshire club in keeping him if they are promoted.

He has one year left on his deal but Newcastle have told him to look elsewhere for opportunities - along with Vuckic, who has been less of a regular starter for the League One side. At meetings with Mike Ashley before the recent criticism aimed at him, Pardew was told any money made from sales would be re-invested during a summer expected to see the biggest recruitment drive since 2011. That means there is a renewed vigour about moving on players who have not figured and Bigirimana, whose star has waned this season after a bright start to his Newcastle career, is also likely to move on.

His name has also been mentioned to clubs in the second tier, with Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and Reading all alerted to his availability.

The former Coventry City mid-fielder has been jinxed with injuries this season and has made just one appearance for the senior side - in a Capital One Cup tie against Morecambe in the first weeks of the season.

The 20-year-old has stagnated this campaign and was being offered out on loan - but there were surprisingly no takers.

The midfielder spoke recently of his "frustration" at slipping down the pecking order and his last high-pro-file appearance in black and white was for the under-21s in the Northumberland Senior Cup final, which ended with a goal and a winner's medal. He said then: "I'm not going to lie - it's been frustrating. …

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