NEWCASTLE UNITED will crank up their attempts to move on some of their fringe performers this week, with DeAndre Yedlin, Rolando Aarons, Jacob Murphy and Yoshinori Muto among a group of players available for sale or loan.

The Magpies made a winning start to the new Premier League season on Saturday night as three of their summer signings impressed in a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick both marked their debuts with a goal at the London Stadium, while Jamal Lewis also made an instant impact at left-back.

Ryan Fraser, the club’s fourth summer addition, is set to make his bow in tomorrow’s Carabao Cup game with Blackburn, but the influx of new faces means Steve Bruce will have to offload a number of players in order to trim his squad to the 25-man limit permitted by the Premier League.

That, however, could be easier said than done. Newcastle are understood to have made offers to pay up the contracts of Aarons and Achraf Lazaar, but neither player was willing to accept the club’s terms. As a result, their agents have been instructed to do all they can to find them new employers.

Henri Saivet has been told he has no chance of making Newcastle’s squad this season, while Murphy and Dan Barlaser are also available if an acceptable offer is lodged. Murphy still has an outside chance of being involved this term, and could be involved in tomorrow’s League Cup game, but Bruce would like to keep at least one squad space open in case an opportunity for a final signing presents itself in the final few days of the transfer window, which is due to close on October 5.

Yedlin has been deemed surplus to requirements, with Emil Krafth set to compete with current first-choice Javier Manquillo for the right-back slot, while Wilson’s arrival has shuffled Muto even further down the pecking order.

Even with Dwight Gayle set to be sidelined for most of the first half of the season, Muto is regarded as expendable, and at least two clubs from the German Bundesliga are understood to have expressed an interest in the Japanese forward, who cost Newcastle £9.5m when he arrived from Mainz in the summer of 2018.

“I’ve got 28 (outfield players), and I’ve got to whittle that down to 22,” said Bruce. “I’ve only got Matty Longstaff, who is young enough (not to count towards the squad numbers). There’s going to be three, four, five people hanging around unfortunately. They need to go and play somewhere. Over the next few weeks before the deadline, we’ve got to move people out.”