Nottingham Forest have been linked with Jamaal Lascelles and The Sun claims that he could be allowed to leave by Newcastle.
The Magpies will undergo some major work on their squad in the summer amid their newfound Saudi wealth.
As a result, several players will be made available and club captain Lascelles is in line for the chop by Eddie Howe.
It does seem likely that Forest will need to win promotion in order to sign Lascelles; especially given that he earns £55,000-a-week at St James’ Park.
Lascelles has been a stalwart at Newcastle since joining the club in 2014. He’s made 212 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals.
He hasn’t always been the first choice under Howe this season and now the club are seriously considering letting him leave.
Forest could be in the market for a central defender. Tobias Figueiredo could leave when his contract expires; with Joe Worrall attracting interest from the Premier League.
Lascelles is likely to have a number of clubs chasing his signature. He’s proven in the top-flight and he was under consideration for England earlier in his career.
Now, his future looks unclear and perhaps he’s on the radar for a return to Forest.
Forest linked with Lascelles but signing him looks a longshot
There will be some serious work to do in order to get a deal for Lascelles over the line.
Although he’s hardly been the flavour of the month under Howe, he does still boast Premier League quality.
Lascelles is only 28 and that is likely to see him attract interest from several top-flight clubs during the summer.
Forest might have some clout given that he’s played for the Reds before.
It does seem as though Premier League football will be needed though if the Reds are to secure an ambitious signing.
Even then, a deal might prove out of Forest’s reach.