Celestine Babayaro has agreed a deal to have the remainder of his Newcastle United contract paid up.
The defender has not played for manager Sam Allardyce this season due to hamstring and back-related problems.
Allardyce has now opted to cut the Nigerian loose after settling on a deal for Babayaro to leave St James’ Park before his contract was due to expire at the end of the season.
The left-back has not played for the Magpies since the end of March and he has made just 47 Premier League appearances during almost three years on Tyneside.
The 29-year-old arrived at St James’ Park in January 2005 in a £1million switch from Chelsea as then-manager Graeme Souness looked to strengthen his back four.
However, he was rarely able to produce his best form on a consistent basis and never truly won over the club’s supporters.
But he did earn their applause in February when he turned out for the club in their 2-1 league win over Liverpool, after which Glenn Roeder revealed that his younger brother David had died just hours earlier.
– Wire Report