Newcastle United have threatened to take legal action against captain Fabricio Coloccini if he tries to quit the club or refuses to be considered for selection.
Coloccini has continued to agitate for a move after Newcastle's refusal to sanction the termination of the four-and-a-half-year contract he signed last March, but sources have indicated the centre-back's position has softened.
Although there were claims Coloccini would refuse to play for Newcastle again, he trained with the first-team squad yesterday and held a productive meeting with manager Alan Pardew.
Newcastle are cautiously optimistic they will avoid a bitter conflict with the 31-year-old as he has begun to accept he cannot merely leave on a free transfer to satisfy a desire to take his family back to South America.
Although Coloccini could, in theory, quit and retire, Newcastle warned the only way they would release him from his contract is if he stumped up £7m in compensation.
Meanwhile, striker Yoan Gouffran completed his £1.3m move to Newcastle from Bordeaux and was joined by France U-21 international left-back Massadio Haidara, who finalised his £3.5m switch from Nancy. (© Daily Telegraph, London)