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Newcastle: Jamaal Lascelles could leave St James’ Park

Newcastle: Jamaal Lascelles could leave St James’ Park -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United could be receptive to offers for captain Jamaal Lascelles this summer, The I‘s Mark Douglas has reported.

The lowdown

The Magpies paid £4.5m to sign the defender from Nottingham Forest back in August 2014. He has gone to pass the 200-appearance mark for the club (211) and featured in the PFA Championship Team of the Year when they won promotion back to the Premier League in 2016/17.

Lascelles, who still has more than two years to run on his £40,000-per-week contract at St James’ Park, is valued at £9.9m by Transfermarkt.

The latest

Douglas wrote for The I that Newcastle have a surplus of players, and he named some of those who could be offloaded this summer to remedy the situation.

Lascelles is one of the players who ‘might go‘, with Newcastle potentially set to consider any bids for the 28-year-old.

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The verdict

An exit for Lascelles may have been unthinkable earlier in the season, with the Englishman starting 20 of Newcastle’s first 24 Premier League matches.

However, he appears to have fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of another centre-back in Dan Burn in January. Indeed, Eddie Howe has selected the 28-year-old Derby native for just two of the last 12 top-flight games.

Lascelles has said that he would ‘run through a brick wall’ for his manager, but with Financial Fair Play requirements a consideration for Newcastle, they may need to make a ruthless decision to offload their club captain.

In other news, Pete O’Rourke says the Newcastle faithful would be ‘licking their lips’ at this mooted signing


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