Newcastle United are weighing up a fringe player clearout for the summer market.

The Evening Chronicle says a fresh phase of squad reshaping will begin next week, with a stringent review of the current first-team roster - and fringe first-team members could be moved on before new faces begin to arrive this summer.

Newcastle are prepared to cash in on Leon Best and Nile Ranger, who has scored twice while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, while Danny Guthrie will also learn his fate in the next week or so.

The likes of Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands will also see their contracts come to an end with both players expecting to leave.