Viduka exit would be no surprise
When Mark Viduka signed for Newcastle United on a warm summer day in 2007 there couldn't have been too many complaints from Toon fans as they lapped up something of a double whammy at the start of the Big Sam era.
However, just like the ill fated stint of Sam Allardyce at St James's, it has been pretty much the same story for Viduka since he ruffled some feathers on Teesside by snubbing the chance to stay on at the Riverside to move up the road.
And while laughing at Boro was enjoyable at the time, as was celebrating a big strong striker who could partner Michael Owen, his arrival also came with a fear.
And the fear was that Viduka's dodgy track record with injuries at Boro would come back to haunt the Mags.
Within a few weeks of signing for United, Viduka from Boro he was suffering from calf and hamstring problems and he'd finish the season with an Achilles problem that meant his first run out of this season was in November.
Just 20 starts so far for Viduka and seven goals (two of them against a shocking Derby County side last season) tells the story that everybody fears.
Viduka wants to stay at Newcastle for one final year but on what grounds should the Magpies agree to what would be such a lucrative extension?
Viduka earns around ÃÂ£60,000 per week at United and given that you could bring in two younger less injury prone players for that same wage, Toon tycoon Mike Ashley may look elsewhere.
There is of course "contract renewal syndrome" still possibly to come for Viduka after a late goal rush at Boro two years ago probably convinced Big Sam to sign him in the first place.
Ironically, with Boro rumoured to be weighing up a Bosman swoop for Viduka again this summer a late run of goals could pave the way back down A19 for the Aussie.
Another case of what might have been for Newcastle United then after a player of such skill, power and goalscoring ability just hasn't worked out at St James's.
With 13 games left, it would take some goal rush to justify the transfer deal that Big Sam offered him back in 2007.
It could only happen at Newcastle couldn't it?