Manchester City to set sights on Newcastle United defender

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Newcastle United’s downbeat end to the season could spill over into the summer amid reports that star defender Fabricio Coloccini is growing unhappy and may seek a move away from the club.

The Argentine was reportedly involved in a dressing-room row involving both his teammates and current Toon boss Alan Pardew, with the 32-year-old believed to be unhappy with the way the team has been playing in recent weeks.

Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Stoke was the Magpies’ fourth consecutive defeat in the Premier League and though they are safe from relegation, it’s been a largely forgettable campaign for a club that once held ambitions of European football next term.

Coloccini’s dismay at the Toon’s recent displays could prompt the defender to seek a move away too in much the same way Shay Given turned his back on the club following an extended period of poor results on the pitch.

And though the defender has previously pushed for a move back to his homeland, Manchester City could yet again be the benefactors of someone seeking a move away from Newcastle, having previously moved for Given.

Manuel Pellegrini has come in for criticism this season for failing to adequately equip the Citizens with necessary defensive reinforcements, having signed former Malaga charge Martin Demichelis to mixed reviews.

The former Bayern Munich defender may have improved in recent weeks but a series of major gaffs early in his spell have still cost City points and, should they fail to win the Premier League, then a big money move for Coloccini could suit one and all.

No fee has yet been mentioned but with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley always keen to recoup money on the team’s star players, the Sky Blues could be made to pay over the odds for the player.

However with the Argentine providing a calming influence in the Toon defence, it could yet prove a shrewd piece of recruitment.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are available at 11/8 to win their next Premier League match – a home encounter with relegation-threatened Swansea City.

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