Danny Simpson could stay at Newcastle United according to manager Alan Pardew.
The 25-year-old and the Magpies have been at loggerheads over a new deal for the last 12 months, and Simpson rejected their latest offer at the end of last season.
That action only served to accelerate the uncertainty around his future with West Ham, Fulham and QPR all reportedly interested in him.
However, as his first-team squad prepare to return for pre-season fitness tests, Pardew was optimistic about his right-back's future.
"He's got a year left on his deal," he told The Chronicle.
"He turned down a new contract and that's where we are. Danny could play the whole season next year. We'll have to see."
Pardew is also expecting Fraser Forster to report back for pre-season training at Newcastle, with the goalkeeper yet to secure a switch elsewhere.
The highly-rated shot-stopper has been deemed surplus to requirements in recent years.
He spent the 2009/10 campaign with Norwich City, and the last two seasons with SPL giants Celtic.
The Hoops are known to be keen on doing a deal, but nothing has been agreed with Newcastle.
West Ham United and Southampton are also reported to be weighing up an approach, but they too have yet to make a move.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "At the moment he is coming back to us.
"He will be with us until he finds a club and we find a fee that works for us."
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