Nottingham Forest have been handed a blow in their quest to re-sign Jamaal Lascelles, according to Chronicle Live. The centre-back is among Steve Cooper’s list of targets but he’s keen to stay with Newcastle.
Forest will definitely go in search of a new defender during January. Although the squad has a few central defenders, a player with an element of pace would be useful for the second half of the season.
Lascelles has been with Newcastle since leaving Forest in 2015. He’s become a real cult hero at St James’ Park since checking in, making 220 appearances for the Magpies and captaining the team to promotion.
The 29-year-old is now way down the pecking order. Eddie Howe’s team sit third in the Premier League and are now in with a real shot of making the Champions League next season.
As a result, Lascelles wants to stay at Newcastle beyond January. He has a desire to stick around in the North East; despite the fact that he’s made just four appearances in the top flight this season.
It looks as though Forest will have to go back to the drawing board. The Reds will want to ensure that one or two players are added in the transfer window, with survival the order of the day for the team.
Forest handed blow in quest to sign Lascelles
The defender would have been a useful signing but he wouldn’t have been cheap. He has 18 months to run on his contract and also earns a salary of around £55,000-a-week and he may have wanted more at Forest.
Lascelles is a proven Premier League central defender, however. He’s spent many years playing in the top flight and is now a more complete defender than when he left Forest all those years ago.
Still, Forest might feel that better options are available. Lascelles at 29 is approaching the twilight of his career and the Reds might pursue a younger option when the transfer window reopens.
Forest will be linked with a lot of players between now and the end of January. One name that perhaps can be scrubbed off the list is Newcastle star Lascelles.