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Breaking News – Newcastle In For Two More Players

11:51 pm, Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

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

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.

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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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53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Hate when i post and theres a new thread grrrrr.

  • 2 musomag // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    I know what you mean Boom

  • 3 beermonkey // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I thought it was just me and ed waited till I posted then put up the new thread

  • 4 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Shows how crap some of our fringe players are u dont hear of intrest from champ clubs for many.

  • 5 Harley // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    I’d be shocked if the fee was that low. They’ve already turned a bid of 5million down from arsenal (or maybe it was qpr).

    Brilliant if it comes off though as I’ve heard loads of good things about him. He seems hotly tipped to be a future star.

  • 6 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    We wouldnt go higher than 4 for erik dier so if its not 3 its not gonna happen theres obv a budget.

  • 7 Novocastrian66 // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Lascelles is quality. I would be delighted if we sign him. I think he would quickly establish himself as a first team regular.

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    The Mirror’s also reporting an Ebola scare in Britain. Who knows. All football might be cancelled for years.

  • 9 musomag // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Have we signed Ebola? 🙂

  • 10 g.s.tooner // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Young 3rd choice keeper is needed. Krul and elliot not enough! Not heard of lascelles, pleases he seems to be good prospect but not the stallwart cb we need to sure things up.

    If we could get a first team regular in to partner collo i think our team could be good enough to do really well this year. Any injury in midfield to one of our creative players though and we’re done for. Would still like to see grenier or equivalent for back up and support to de jong and cabella.

  • 11 KevinHann // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    That sounds like a lethal strikeforce then!

  • 12 wynsleap // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I remember watching Ken Leek (got his autograph too) playing for us – a really good centre forward. Would be nice if his grandson made a name for himself with us.
    Hope this Lascelles is as good as his reputation. A good strong CB is urgently need to give a solid platform for all our midfield and forwards who are all starting to look the business. Hopefully things are really beginning to look up at last.

  • 13 lesh // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM


    Have we signed Ebola? Not yet but the story’s gone viral on YouTube!


  • 14 g.s.tooner // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    L’pool just passed on balotelli. Hes clearly desperate to escape the exile that is italian football…. Anyone else thinking what i’m thinking : D

  • 15 Thump // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Isn’t Lascelles injured?

  • 16 AaranD // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Yup he’s injured hence why he didnt play but on the other hand suppose that could be why we are going to loan him straight back… who knows.

  • 17 musomag // Aug 4, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Hahaha @ Lesh

    @ G.S. – we’ve had SuperMac, maybe it’s time for Super Mario? Pard will prob sign him as our new CB though.

    While I’m on the subject of CB, why does Yanga duck to avoid the ball and keep falling asleep?

  • 18 123 Dummet Time // Aug 4, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    The Future WITHOUT Pardew:


    Subs: Darlow, Colocini, Riviere, Colback, Obertan, Ferreyra, Anita, gouffran

    Future WITH Pardew:


    Subs: Darlow, M’Bwia, Riviere, Anita, Sissoko, Ferreyra,

  • 19 g.s.tooner // Aug 4, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Probs a better bet than taylor YMB or willo

  • 20 musomag // Aug 4, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    That’s a fact, they all look useless at the minute.

    We’d better do some serious attacking this season otherwise the PL will rip our defence a new one every game.

  • 21 croftus5678 // Aug 4, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    not heard or seen any of them tbh but i’m really glad we are after them as i fully trust our scouting system.

    a cb of his build would be perfect for us imo as he seems to be a no nonsense type who’s got some beef about him and colo/williamson not got long left in them now so we will need both there replacements ready for when they do go.

  • 22 expatmag // Aug 4, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    I find it hilarious when people post teams on here that include players we have either not signed or havent a hope in hell of signing……time for a bit of realism gentlemen.

    On other club matters:

    1..I am pleased that Obertan is getting another chance. He has had a tough time and when he first arrived, he showed several glimpses of his capability. I hope he gets his confidence back and shows what he can do. His pace will be useful.

    2..If the rumours about Lascelles are true, he could prove to be a future star along with Satka and Streete. Unfortunately, I dont think Curtis Good will make the grade.

    3..So far, 7 players signed and correct me if I am wrong but not one player over the age if 25. Along with the likes if Aarons and Armstrong, we have a very young squad.

  • 23 ToonFromLeeds // Aug 4, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Just read Newcastle are after Mario Balotelli. Probably crap but come on Pardew can’t handle Ben Arfa never mind Balotelli

  • 24 Brutooon // Aug 4, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    One for the future. Saylor will get injured and is OVERRATED.

  • 25 swemag // Aug 4, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    @ expatmag

    point 2, funny, of the three mentioned I always has the impression that Good was the only one making any progress.

    Streete I have the feeling will end up in the Championship along with Sammy Ameobi much like Tavernier.

    Vuckic, what a tragedy. With those injuries he missed the age where he was supposed to break into the first team, he needs playing time and being injury free.

  • 26 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 4, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    @musomag no weve got pardew its worse! Ebola has killed 700 people in africa. Pardew has stolen the belief and soul of at least 52,000.

  • 27 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 4, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    Too good to be true, but sounds pretty impressive.

    FIFA 14 voice: oh oh oh Lascelles is an England international at the third year!

    My realistic tone: Hopefully Lascelles could provide some competition for Saylor and Williamson. However, I don’t think Lascelles is the immediate solution of the backline problem. We need a new Colo (or a commanding center back so to speak) so that we could have a more organized backline. Actually I was hoping that’s MYM, but I think we need someone with experience. Someone like Agger could help. Not saying we are getting Agger, but someone similar.

    so the GK situation is a weird one to me. I was hoping Freddie Woodman could be the one challenging Rob Elliot, but sounds like he’s not ready. and why Darlow?

  • 28 Ethiotoon // Aug 4, 2014 at 4:42 AM

    Morning ….When I woke up and see the title “Breaking News”,I thought it says,.
    “Newcastle agree deal to sign Grenier” or
    “Newcastle agree deal to sign Lacazatte”,
    Damn it…..
    Well looks like S.Taylor won’t stay.sell him for £3m or loan him.Don’t know this Lascelles guy but I trust our scouting team,and he could be the one for us.Another GK is needed no doubt bcoz both Elliot and krul are injury prone.
    Another great job Charn, if it’s true,and looking forward to the cracking season….

  • 29 expatmag // Aug 4, 2014 at 5:09 AM


    Realistically, Grenier and Lacazette will not be joining us because they dont want to. Its about time you and other get used to it. Besides, both players are out of our price range.

    If it us true about the Forest CH and keeper, then I would expect one of our current keepers to leave and one of our central defenders as well.

    Hopefully it is not Krul and MYM.

  • 30 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Aug 4, 2014 at 5:13 AM

    This is for Kets:

    What will you do if we ever sign Alderweireld?
    Why do you rate Abeid so highly?

    Please, please tell us why Marveaux didn’t reach his potential to “be better than Messi” like you said he’d be!

  • 31 shearermania // Aug 4, 2014 at 5:35 AM

    why Marveaux didn’t reach his potential to “be better than Messi”

    easy answer: he got pardewed

  • 32 nut meg // Aug 4, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    For those like me who don’t know anything about this young player.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Aug 4, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    MYM, Anita, Santon and RTaylor might be able to do a job ar RB but they will never challenge Janmaat for his spot, we need a young specialist RB ffs, I can hold a brush but the client wouldn’t be happy if they had me painting staircases because there were too many sparkies putting lights up.

  • 34 expatmag // Aug 4, 2014 at 6:57 AM


    We should make Burnley an offer for Kieran Trippier. Best young british RB for a few years.

  • 35 Greebol1892 // Aug 4, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    We still won’t threaten enough in PL with this lone-striker nonsense. Pardew even plays that when we are at home. And we will still ship goals for fun unless we get a first-choice CB in NOW. Defensive management style with defenders devoid of pace.
    Colo is average and Willo & Taylor are not good enough.
    He signs MYM (a quality CB) and leaves him on the bench then, when he’s getting a run in the team with some solid displays, is systematically dropped and then puts him at LB then RB. How the hell is he supposed to settle?
    btw loved Riviere’s goal vs Schalke…. very assured header and (dare I say it) had a little bit of Sir Les in it….. but don’t play him up front alone.

  • 36 Pardews Prolific Boys // Aug 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Is it just me or has obertan bulked up?

  • 37 gazza85 // Aug 4, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    I’d be chuffed if we signed both these guys as long as we loaned them both bk for the season and still looked to ship out Saylor and replace him.

    They’re both first team regulars at a good Championship club and I personally believe they’ll learn more defensively under Psycho than Pardew.

  • 38 Ian Toon // Aug 4, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Ed- Excellent report.

    Lascelles has been highly rated for sometime. He was reported as going to Arsenal in January window. More recently Spurs were linked with him and if he signs for us maybe it’s because we can offer him PL football on a regular basis.
    Watched him first in a cup game against West Ham and England under 21 etc games.

    He’s a dominant strong CB with pace and stands out in the Championship because he looks comfortable on the ball and has a good passing range. Has an aerial presence so we might be more of a threat from set pieces.
    The fee at reported £3m would be a bargain- I imagine there might well be staged further payments for number of games etc. He would be a terrific signing

  • 39 Ethiotoon // Aug 4, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Well they didn’t say “I don’t want to join Newcastle utd”,realistically they are waiting for bigger clubs than us to be fair,
    Besides we just monitoring their situation not offered concrete offer for both so far.
    Trust me if no club get them till Sept 1st,
    and if we make concrete offer by then…
    U will wait for them @ the airport…

  • 40 Ian Toon // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Can I politely suggest:
    This blog is for toon fans globally and we have a toon fan (Lilongwe Geordie) who is based in Lilongwe, Malawi that maybe jokes about Ebola are in bad taste.

  • 41 jazzyp // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Never gonna happen for 3 mill. They have turned down 2 offers of 5 mill already so i doubt we will get much change out of 6-7 million.
    What a potential Cb partnership we could have had with Dier and Lascelles

  • 42 Slank // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:22 AM


    I understand and appreciate your sentiments but Lil always comes across as a very sane and sensible guy and I’m sure he wouldn’t take offence to what was, I thought, a few very funny comments.

    If we applied PC standards to this blog, from all the comments I have seen on here, there would be very few contributors and even fewer comments.

    Would it be wrong, for example, to make jokes about STD because so many on here live on Tyneside !

  • 43 musomag // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Ian Toon,

    Very good point well made.

  • 44 musomag // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    …..sometimes we need to laugh though, especially where being a NUFC supporter is concerned. No offence intended all the same

  • 45 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    I hate pc tosh as much as the next insensitive oaf, but jokes about cancer are pretty taboo, I think joking about another terminal disease might be off the mark. Just a thought.

  • 46 Markaccus // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Cant believe the fcuking idiots who got into a drunken brawl before the first game this weekend. However, that pales into insignificance compared to the horrible sub-human b@st@rds who invaded our crowd and started punching kids. Ffs. I mean, just, ffs!

  • 47 jazzyp // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Interesting news coming out of Lyon that they need to sell 2 players before 31st August to balance there books ,Otherwise will default on the financial fair play regulations. Lacazette still not signed this supposedly new contract and no other offers for grenier.
    Could be an interesting last few days of the transfer window

  • 48 Ethiotoon // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    I think £3m is initial payment, that could rise to £5m to £6m depending on the number of appearances and games.
    Its already reported forest and nu already agreed concerning fee,but looks like we may give them one of our youngsters on loan,could be good,street or satka
    Great deal if that is the case…

  • 49 lesh // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM


    You’re right about joking about illness.

    Though guilty of posting such a ‘funny’, on reflection it wasn’t a bright thing to do.

  • 50 Markaccus // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    News seems to suggest we will just buy him.and loan him back to forrest. Maybe thats whats keeping the price down.

  • 51 Blofal // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Anyone have a link to a vid of the full game against Schalke? I’m searching in vain and I want more than just the highlights 🙂

  • 52 nut meg // Aug 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    This has been common knowledge for a while now.I think it’s a racing certainty that they’ll be player/s sold just before
    the deadline,new stadium payments from what I read a while back. I would guess Grenier,Lacazette or Umtiti. Lyon must pay 20 m+ is the figure I seen so any 2 from 3 ? I would imagine there’ll be more than us watching & waiting.

  • 53 pedz88 // Aug 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    My brothers best mate Karl on his way for a medical today. Cant wait for this to happen! Such a talent and a great lad too.Dream move for him !

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