Nottingham Forest are still keen on signing Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles but The Telegraph claim that a January deal looks unlikely. The ex-Forest academy graduate was linked with a return to the club during the summer but Eddie Howe is a huge fan.
Newcastle are currently chasing a place in next season’s Champions League. As a result, the boss isn’t keen to allow such an influential figure within the squad to leave during the midway point of the campaign.
The 29-year-old has played just 100 minutes in the Premier League this season and has made seven appearances in total. He remains the club captain, however, with the report suggesting his a well-respected player.
Lascelles would be a very useful signing for the Reds. Forest have kicked on since the World Cup but another central defender certainly wouldn’t go amiss before the transfer window closes.
The Derby-born player left Forest in 2015. He was famously sold alongside Karl Darlow behind the back of Stuart Pearce when Fawaz Al-Hasawi was in control of the football club.
Lascelles has enjoyed a decent career at Newcastle. He’s played 221 times for the club, helping them win promotion to the Premier League and then reestablish themselves in the top flight.
Signing Lascelles wouldn’t have come cheap for Forest. The player is on a decent contract at St James’ Park and collects around £55,000-a-week at the club.
Forest keen on Lascelles but deal looks unlikely
Forest will have to go back to the drawing board. Howe doesn’t want to let Lascelles leave this month and after calling him ‘phenomenal’, who can fault him?
The Newcastle boss allowed Chris Wood to join Forest last week. In some sections of the media, that has come as a surprise, with the Magpies now short in attack.
It wouldn’t appear that Howe is willing to let Lascelles follow Wood to Forest. He wants to keep him around the club and it would appear he’s a big player to have in the dressing room.
In the summer, it could be a different story. Newcastle will likely be in Europe next season and as a result, a squad overhaul could take place.
Forest could decide to swoop then. If the Reds do avoid relegation, however, they may have bigger fish to fry than returning to bring Lascelles back to Trentside.