DAN Gosling is set for crunch talks on his Newcastle United future – but the former Everton midfielder expects to leave the Magpies this summer, writes ROSS GREGORY.
The 23-year-old has been tipped to go out on loan as he enters the final year of his contracy.
However, no decision has yet been made, and Gosling’s future will become clearer over the next “four or five days”, according to the player’s agent, David Hodgson.
“I have spoken to Newcastle and everything is technically up in the air,” said the former Sunderland and Middlesbrough striker.
“There should be a decision made in the next four or five days. Newcastle have to give the go ahead on where they would like Dan to go.”
Gosling (pictured) was set for a January move to Aston Villa before another knee injury scuppered the transfer.
Hodgson expects his client to leave Tyneside – at least temporarily – this summer as he searches for first-team football, although he does not expect Villa to come back in for him.
“What he needs to do is play football,” Hodgson added. “He knows he has got to win everyone over. He needs to play at the beginning of the season in somebody’s starting line-up.
“Is that going to be at Newcastle? I don’t think so at the moment. He has a mountain to climb but he is not giving up.
“He doesn’t want to leave. He has loved every single minute of it (at Newcastle). Dan is only going to have a long-term future there if he is given the chance to perform every week.
“Villa’s interest came and went and it won’t be in Newcastle’s best interests to loan him to a club in the same league.
“The relationship with the club is fantastic, although a footballer’s relationship with his club is always better when he is playing every week.
“He has never knocked on anybody’s door saying he wants to leave. He has worked and worked. He will get back to the level he was at.”
Gosling has had a torrid time with injuries since joining in 2010. The midfielder was sidelined by a cruciate knee injury for most of his first season on Tyneside, and several more setbacks over the last two years have proved crucial in restricting his chances.