Newcastle Could Beat Arsenal To Top Young Defender

The Mail is reporting that Newcastle have outbid Arsenal for Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, who turned 20 years old in November, and has played 15 times with one goal for Forest this season.

Jamaal Lascelles

Jamaal Lascelles – 20 year-old Nottingham Forest defender

The 20 year-old defender is contracted to Forest through 2016, and  it appears that Forest are offering the player a new and improved contract,  to try to keep him at the club, with manager Billy Davies a big admirer of the Derby-born right-footed player.

And the Mail is reporting that Arsenal have already offered £3M, with Chief Scout Steve Rowley watching the player against Bolton at the weekend, and there could be add-on payments based on his future appearances for the top London club.

Newcastle have made a better offer than Arsenal according to the Mail,  and have even sweetened the deal by saying they could send him straight back on loan to Forest for the rest of the season.

Lascelles has been at Forest since he was a youngster, and he made his debut as an 18 year-old in January 2012, starting in a 2–0 defeat to Burnley, and he has also been out on loan at Stevenage in 2012, where he played 9 games and scored one goal.

He’s also played for the England U18, U19 and U20 sides so far.

Alan Pardew has said he would like more British players in the squad and it seems, if the Mail report is accurate, that Newcastle have a decent chance of getting this lad to Tyneside.

What do you think?

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11 comments so far

  • seancavaz

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    The frustration for me is being linked with all these young players, yet wasn’t it only a season ago were we had already unearthed a top up and coming centre back in remi Steele? What ever happened to him?

  • seancavaz

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    *remi streete even….damn auto correct

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3


    we also signed a couple young CB’s last couple windows….so what are we doing with them? how many 19/20 year olds do we need

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    very very quiet here today

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5


    That’s the whole thing isn’t it. Most people are ”ok” with Pardew. Hardly a rattling good endorsement though is it.

    Most people I suspect know under Ashley there is a chance we could get an even worse manager and trot out the the ”better the devil you know” line. Maybe they have a point.

    My point is this if you gave Pardew exactly the same squad of players that Pellegrini has, there is no way a Pardew team would be racking up the goals and playing the amazing football as city under Pellegrini do now.

    Yes better players is a factor , of course it is, but far more crucially is the mindset of the manager, just look at Martinez.

    Everton certainly don’t have a better squad than us although Martinez has made some fantastic loan signings and they play marvellous attacking great to watch football.

    We could have Messi, Ronaldo and Bale and Pardew would still play ” containing ” football except when we are a goal down.

    To those who are happy with 8th place and defensive, negative football it’s happy days or rather ” ok ” days !
    Guess I’m guilty of just wanting a bit more out of what is deemed entertainment, not containment!

  • Nudd - Back by popular demand

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6


  • bobby mango

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda – that’s a lot of sense you’ve typed, agree with it.

    As you said though, with Ashley could get worse. With him as owner Pardew is probably the best solution. We may be able to get a better manager, more attractive play but they’d most likely fall out with Ashley – leave or be sacked after a year.

    Fact is Pardew gives stability – something we’ve all craved at the club. Although I don’t know how he stayed on last year, this year has been an improvement. Despite the 4 losses in a row I’m encouraged by the way the team plays. It’s not mind blowing but acceptable. The long balls read their head occasionally but not predominantly.

    My issue is with the board more than Pardew. That said fact is year by year the group of players is getting progressively better. It’s not happening as fast as we’d like but the progress is in the right direction.

    Given our history is happily take 8th position for a couple of years, punctuated with some good cup runs. I long for more but fear a lot worse!

  • Our Toon

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m with you Rotonda, Percy has no positive effect during 90mins, I’ve said this before….we’ve only won once from a losing position (9 Man Stoke) this season and have dropped more pts from a winning position than anyone else

    Spoof was saying yesterday when has Percy ever had the backing of any chairman in his career, I’m pretty sure Egbert Johansson at west ham backed him to the hilt….bought in Mashcherano and Tevez for £30m or something daft like that, yet that very season he got knocked out of the EL and almost got west ham relegated (Alan Curbishley saved them) Tevez didn’t score for 13 games playing LW for his work rate and Carlton Cole preferred upfront!! Reo Coker was keeping Mascherano out of the team!! Says all you need to know about Percy

    I hear he’s the best we can get under this regime, yes probably is but does that mean we should be happy about it? TDS loves going on about Championship Manager, had to look it up online to see what it is, he seems to mention it a lot….let’s hope he’s more ambitious on there than he is in his support for us!!

  • martoon

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda – I fully agree about our style of play but I consider that to be only part of a managers job. He has to man manage the players, deal with press interviews and importantly at NUFC work within a certain budget and many other manager type duties. I think he does pretty well at most of them.

  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Iv said this before that Pardew likes to orchestrate the game.
    More often than not he wants a 1-0. Hence defend well and try to nick a goal.

    Also we rarely buy players for the position needed.
    Sissoko has been tried everywhere. We have 4 CMs anita tiote sissoko cabaye.. and not 1 winger.Gouffrans position is questionable . And the striker situation is abysmal. BenArfa doesent know where to play.
    No point of having depth in one position and bare bones in another.
    As all these players are above average they manage to adjust based on a a solid defensive setup.

    Perhaps they are not able to express themselves.

  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I live in Notts and have seen this lad play a few times, I have always been impressed by his composure and ability, not ready for the big stage yet but is being compared to Des Walker down here; that is high praise indeed!


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