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 – 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.
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