There is news tonight that Newcastle United are interested in signing Nottingham Forest central defender Jamaal Lascelles, along with their young goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Jamaal Lascelles – has played 36 times for Forest
The news is in the Mirror, and it looks like 2o year-old Lascelles could cost as much as £3M – Newcastle are hoping to complete this deal within the next 24 hours.
Newcastle have been interested in the 20 year-old Derby-born defender for about a year now, with Arsenal also being credited with a big interest in the player.
The 6’3″ central defender was pulled out of Nottingham Forest squad for their friendly game over the weekend against West Brom, and that’s usually a sign that a deal could be close.
Last season Jamaal played 32 times with 3 goals for Forest, and he has already played for the England U18, U19 and U20 sides.
The youngster is thought to be one of the best young defenders in England.
Maybe Jamaal is the central defender Newcastle seem to need to strengthen that part of our defense.
Karl Darrow – 20 year-old Nottingham Forest goalkeeper
Karl Darlow is the 20 year-old 6ft 1ins tall number one goalkeeper at Forest, and he has played 67 times for the first team, and he could also cost Newcastle about £3M.
Last season he played 45 times for the Nottingham Forest club, and he has also been out on loan at Walsall and Newport County to gain experience.
Karl is the grandson of the former Wales international forward Ken Leek, who was part of the Wales squad for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
Darlow is eligible to represent Wales, but the Welsh FA confirmed that Darlow had declined an invitation to join the full Wales squad for the friendly match versus Austria in February of last year.
The Northampton-born player has not been capped by England at any level.
It also looks like both players may be ones for the future, with Sky Sports reporting that both players could be loaned back to Nottingham Forest, at least for the first half of next season.
But that’s by no means certain, although it may be a necessary condition for Forest to sell their two star young players to Newcastle.
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