There’s news in the Sun today that West Ham want to sign Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles this summer.
The 24-year-old has been in excellent form for Newcastle ever since Rafa Benitez joined the club as manager just over two years ago.
There seems to be a special relationship between the two and Jamaal is Newcastle’s undoubted leader on and off the pitch.
Rafa was impressed so much with Jamaal that in the summer of 2016 he made him the Newcastle captain even though he was only 22 at the time.
Jamaal Lascelles – no way Rafa will sell this player
The way the Hammers are said to be able to attract Jamaal to London is to offer him an excellent financial package.
The report says the new deal Jamaal recently signed at Newcastle to keep him at the club through 2023, has the defender on £40K/week and he will get more than that at West Ham.
West Ham think they can attract Lascelles and will offer £15M as a transfer fee for the young defender.
But that’s way below what Rafa would want for his captain – even if he was willing to sell Jamaal – which he won’t be.
Newcastle is no longer a selling club (hopefully), and Rafa wants to build a team that can challenge for the top six in England and also get back into European competition.
Maybe the most important player at Newcastle for the future is Jamaal and Rafa will not want to let the born-leader leave the Magpies.
West Ham also are in a little trouble at the moment and are fighting relegation along with Newcastle and nine other clubs.
What do you think?