Jamaal Lascelles has been linked with an emotional move back to Nottingham Forest this summer.
Now, according to The Athletic, Eddie Howe is set to hand him a Newcastle reprieve.
The 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park and several clubs have shown interest.
Newcastle want to make sure they’re well-stocked though and will now likely keep Lascelles around.
It’s claimed that the former Forest man has returned to pre-season training with fire in his belly.
Howe is said to have been impressed by his attitude and commitment despite losing his place in the team.
Lascelles has been at Newcastle since signing from Forest in 2014. He has worked his way to become captain of the Magpies, making 214 appearances for the club.
The Derby-born player was pretty useful during his time at Forest. He emerged from the club’s youth academy and would make 65 appearances for the senior outfit.
Lascelles being handed a reprieve by Newcastle is hardly likely to worry Forest.
They’ve been busy strengthening their defensive ranks this summer. Moussa Niakhate has been added at centre-back; with Giulian Biancone viewed as a backup option.
Lascelles is a pretty popular figure among the fan base and having him in reserve will ensure that Newcastle aren’t left short during 2022/23.
Lascelles linked with Forest but move now looks unlikely
The former Reds defender might have been a useful player for the club to sign this summer.
He does boast experience but it seems that Forest are keen to explore another avenue with their recruitment.
Despite winning promotion to the Premier League, the Reds haven’t ventured too far away from their recruitment strategy.
That is unlikely to include Lascelles and it will remain to be seen if anything changes on that front as the deadline draws closer.
Lascelles wouldn’t have come cheap anyway. Newcastle would have wanted a sizeable fee and the player earns £55,000-a-week.
Signing their former player might have been a nice notion from an emotional perspective.
Forest, however, should be relatively happy with the business they’ve done so far defensively.