Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hinted there could still be a future for Danny Simpson at the club.
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."
Simpson was integral to the Magpies' back four that finished fifth last term, but with just 12 months left on his deal, he could opt to run down his contract.