St James’ Park club looks to re-shape by may do so without their skipper.
Newcastle United captain Kevin Nolan has rejected the latest contract offer from the club while Alan Smith has been allowed to leave.
Nolan, who has two years left on his current deal, was offered a two-year extension by manager Alan Pardew but the 28-year-old wants a new five-year contract.
The 28-year-old has been a key figure in the Toon Army re-establishing themselves in the Premier League after earning promotion from the Championship.
The Englishman has scored 12 goals from midfield in 30 games this season, including a hat-trick against fierce rivals Sunderland.
The news is particularly alarming for Pardew following Joey Barton’s refusal to commit to a new deal.
The Toon boss is currently overhauling his squad and has offered a new deal to Danny Simpson but has allowed Smith to leave the club according to Sky Sports.
The 30-year-old made 14 appearances after losing his pace in the side to Cheik Tiote.
He is expected to be a target for new West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce who took him to St James’ Park in 2007.