"David's heart is with Newcastle United but he is frustrated by a lack of first-team football, and that is a problem," his agent, Barry McLean, told The Journal. "He would be better off playing regularly in the first team on loan somewhere, but he also knows numbers are low at Newcastle and that he could get a chance there soon. But there is only so much you can learn playing in the reserves week after week.
"Ipswich, Norwich and Plymouth have all enquired about him, but Newcastle have not been willing to let him go in January because of the fact there were players away at the African Cup of Nations. David has been stuck between a rock and a hard place this season. I don't know whether that has changed, but those three clubs would love to have him. I know Kevin has had other things to deal with as he's just arrived at the club, but hopefully we can sit down at some point in the next couple of weeks and try to come to an agreement on what the best course of action will be."