Newcastle defender Danny Simpson has admitted he expects to be sold in January reports the Daily Mirror.
The 24-year-old full-back came close to signing for Aston Villa in the summer, but the deal fell through after the club opted instead to sign Alan Hutton from Tottenham.
Simpson claims to earn considerably less than most players in the Barclays Premier League, and if that is true, it raises questions as to why Magpies boss Alan Pardew is unwilling to offer him a new deal.
The summer arrival of £5million man Davide Santon has put extra pressure on Simpson to hold down his place in the Newcastle line-up - a challenge he has succeeded with so far, helping the club to an unbeaten start to the 2011-12 campaign.
But despite his encouraging form, Simpson is anticipating a transfer in the not too distant future.
"There is a chance in the future that I will be moving," he confirmed. "Whether in the transfer window or in the summer.
"I have 18 months left on my contract and I don't think it will go past that."
With a fee of around £3million being touted as the amount needed to activate a St James' Park exit, it is expected that Simpson will be in high demand, and could leave Newcastle when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.