Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that midfielder Kieron Dyer could leave the club this summer due to family reasons.
The 28-year-old England international has been linked with West Ham United and Allardyce aceepts that he may not be able to keep Dyer on Tyneside.
He said: "At the moment, there's a problem from a family point of view and we have to try to see whether we can resolve that.
"If we cannot, then that may well result in Kieron looking to leave the club for that reason and that reason alone.
"That's the discussion we have had. It's obviously disappointing for me, but it is one I understand.
"If somebody has got a problem they cannot resolve, then ultimately in the long run, it is better for the club and better for him if you can resolve that problem.
"If that's away from here, then so be it."
Dyer joined Newcastle in the summer of 1999 for £6.5million from Ipswich Town and has scored 36 goals in just over 250 first-team appearances for the Magpies.