Bye Bye Boumsong?
The way Jean Alain Boumsong was talking earlier today youÃ¢ÂÂd think he had the pick of the biggest names in European football to choose from should he be given the opportunity to head for the exit door at St JamesÃ¢ÂÂ Park.
But as far as the majority of the Toon Army are concerned they wonÃ¢ÂÂt give a hoot where he goes as long as he goes.
The ÃÂ£8million French international revealed on his own website that Marseille, Monaco and disgraced Italian giants Juventus - now residing in Serie B due to a match-fixing scandal - are all in the chase for his signature.
Boumsong appeared to lose the plot at times last season and was even awarded 0 out of 10 in the Evening Chronicle for his performance against Liverpool - a game in which he was sent off in what was probably his worst performance in a black and white shirt.
Boumsong also had more the occasional blip under the man who brought him to Tyneside Graeme Souness and often left Toon fans wondering just what he was going to attempt next.
The English media have never needed much help criticising Newcastle defences down the years but in Boumsong they had a player who could hand it to them on a plate.
Defensive technician Glenn Roeder clearly did his best to get the most out of Boumsong but with the likes of Steven Taylor, Craig Moore, Titus Bramble and if required Peter Ramage all ahead of the Frenchman in the centre-back queue, the Toon boss wonÃ¢ÂÂt stand in BoumsongÃ¢ÂÂs way - as long as the price the right.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs clear that once upon time Boumsong had something to offer but given the fact he has had more of an opportunity to prove himself than a whole host of others have, itÃ¢ÂÂs probably better for all parties he goes.
Dare I suggest he is given another chance in a black and white shirt?
Or is it ready for the fat lady to start getting warmed up?