Fabricio Coloccini talks draw blank over staying with Newcastle as Alan Pardew looks abroad
Captain wants to leave during the current transfer window
Fabricio Coloccini, the Newcastle United captain, and his representatives will hold further talks today about the player's desire to return to Argentina.
A meeting this afternoon failed to reach a conclusion about whether the 30-year-old, who signed a new four-year contract to stay at St James' Park in last year, will be allowed to move to San Lorenzo during the transfer window.
It is believed that Coloccini's wife has already returned to Argentina and the player's father, Osvaldo, has repeatedly spoken of his desire for his son to join him at San Lorenzo.
Newcastle officials would only say last night that there would be no update on the Coloccini situation. Lawyers from both sides are now involved in the discussions, adding to the complexity of an issue that has further compounded the growing problems for manager Alan Pardew.
Pardew will this week look to add at least two players to his squad before they face Aston Villa next Tuesday. Newcastle had lined up a move for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the Montpellier central defender. The player had been expected to sign for £6.7m this week but Arsenal have shown a late interest. Newcastle will push ahead with their interest in Massadio Haidara, the Nancy left-back, who is available for £2m.
There remains a desire to land a big-name replacement for top scorer Demba Ba. Newcastle had an offer of €750,000 (£630,000) turned down by Bordeaux yesterday for their forward Yoan Gouffran. Bordeaux want €1m for the 26-year-old, who has scored 12 goals this season.
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