According to The Times, Jamaal Lascelles has stated that he has no intention of leaving Newcastle United this summer.
That report states that West Ham made a £25 million bid for Lascelles last week, which was rebuffed by the Magpies. Now it looks as though the Hammers will have to turn their attentions elsewhere, having been told that a deal for the 24-year-old is a no go.
There is certainly room for a new centre-back at the London Stadium. Winston Reid’s injury troubles are a long term concern that look set to continue, and James Collins was released this summer after 11 years of service to the club across two spells.
Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena have already been bought this summer in an effort to offset this deficiency in the squad, but one more addition is likely needed in order to complete this new look back line.
Following an eye-catching World Cup run with Colombia, which saw him net 3 goals at the tournament, there will be plenty of clubs interested in the 23-year-old Yerry Mina now.
He only joined the Barcelona last summer, but struggled to establish himself in the first team. With Barca having just signed Lenglet, Mina must now be even further down the pecking order in Spain.
A move to a side where he’ll be installed as a permanent fixture at the heart of the defence is the best thing for his career at this point.
Even if it has proved he is not quite at Barcelona’s level, the signing of Mina would be a huge coup for the Irons. Transfermarkt value the 6’4” Colombian at £18 million, and if Manuel Pellegrini could tempt him to East London for anything like that fee then that would be a seriously good bit of business.
A new look defensive unit featuring Yerry Mina would certainly help to get West Hams fans excited about the upcoming campaign too.