Shane Ferguson could be on his way out of Newcastle United this summer, as Toon bosses prepare to cut the dead wood from the Magpies squad.

Northern Ireland international Ferguson has been on loan at Birmingham City this season but has failed to nail down a starting place at St. Andrews, with former Geordie midfielder Lee Clark in charge of the Blues.

At one point in his career, the 22-year-old was on the verge of breaking into the first team at St James’ Park, making a number of promising substitute appearances and setting up Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse with some excellent crosses.

The plan for this season was to send Ferguson to Birmingham and let him mature in a physical league like the Championship, before bringing him back as a potential first-team player.

However, that hasn’t quite happened and the youngster might have played his last game for the Geordies, with the hierarchy prepared to let him go.

Wolves were interested in him last season and if their interest remains, he could move to Molineux for a fee around £1m.

With a summer of intense transfer activity ahead, Ferguson’s future may be one of the first deals signed and sealed.