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Newcastle must resist offers for Lascelles after West Ham’s reported bid

Jake Jackman

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Newcastle United have rejected a bid worth up to £25 million for captain Jamaal Lascelles from West Ham, according to Sky Sports. The 24-year-old is understood to be attracting a lot of interest from rival clubs with Everton another team being linked with a move. However, the report goes on to say that the player is not for sale.

That is understandable considering Lascelles’ worth to Newcastle. He was one of the standout players during their first season back in the Premier League with his leadership and defensive qualities there for all to see. He started in all 12 matches that the Magpies recorded victories, while the team conceded 15 goals in the five matches that he didn’t play. This works out at an average of three goals conceded per game.

Meanwhile, in the matches that he did play, Newcastle conceded 32 in 33, which is less than a goal every game. That is a remarkable record for a promoted team and underlines why Lascelles has seen his reputation soar in England. It was a major reason why the team managed to finish in the top-half of the table and Mike Ashley needs to realise what his captain is worth to the club.

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The Chronicle report that Newcastle United are yet to receive a formal offer for the centre-back, despite the reports by Sky. Lascelles is thought to be happy at St James’ Park and Benitez will not want to lose his captain, regardless of the size of the offer being submitted. Upon returning to pre-season training, the 24-year-old said the following to the official club site:

“There’s not one player here that would try to just play here to try and get a move or for more or whatever. It’s not about that. We’re loyal.”

This has been a dressing room attitude that has been missing during the Mike Ashley era up to now with Newcastle’s top stars often being a run of good form away from a move to a bigger club.

Lascelles seems genuine in his affection towards the club and at the age of 24, there is no rush to move away from St James’ Park. He is the club captain and working under one of the best coaches in the game. The centre-back will only get better in the North East.

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Supporters would be disappointed if Lascelles moved to West Ham. The Hammers are a more established Premier League club with greater ambition, as shown by this summer’s transfer window to date. However, the defender has the potential to move to a top-six club and would likely get that if he remained at Newcastle for another season.

It is encouraging that Newcastle have stated that he isn’t for sale, but there will always be a worry as long as Ashley owns the club. He has a history of selling the team’s best players and if a bigger offer is submitted, he may be tempted to sell. The club need to resist this as Lascelles is an important symbol to the supporters and Benitez.

The manager will want to build the team around his skipper and Lascelles’ presence is crucial in persuading Benitez to remain with the club long term. There is a stand-off over the Spaniard’s future as the club want him to sign a new deal. There is no chance that will happen if the team captain is sold.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Could Arsenal’s new project lure Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles to London?

The Newcastle captain had a terrific debut season in the Premier League.

Liam Thomas

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Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles enjoyed a terrific debut season in the Premier League and as such has found himself the subject of many transfer rumours since the window reopened on the 17th May.

However, according to the Chronicle Live, it would take a hefty transfer fee to make Newcastle part ways with one of their prized assets and captain.

Despite this, Arsenal should consider making a move for Lascelles to strengthen their defence and there’s no hiding the fact new Gunners boss Unai Emery is concerned about his sides defensive frailties.

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At 24 years of age, Lascelles has the youth and energy needed to survive the harsh Premier League calendar and this is something Arsenal’s defence has lacked in recent seasons; a defence which under Arsene Wenger became lazy and lax.

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has already invested in Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos to strengthen his back line, but it might take a considerable amount of persuasion to convince Lascelles to follow suit and make the Emirates stadium his new home.

However, it’s not every day a club of Arsenal’s statue come knocking, and to be part of the clubs new exciting chapter may be the perfect antidote to lure Lascelles away from St James’ Park.

“Nothing changes. The speculation might not even be true. Since I was a kid, there’s always been teams interested, speculation, paper talk and stuff on Twitter, and things like that. It doesn’t mean anything to me.”

Newcastle captain, Jamaal Lascelles, regarding the speculation surrounding his future.

But what would Lascelles bring to Arsenal back line? Leadership and stability, two traits that Arsenal’s centre back duo of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi ultimately lacked throughout the 2017/18 Premier League season and two qualities that the Gunners desperately need to be reincorporated into their defence.

It remains to be seen whether or not the new Arsenal boss will break the bank to bring the talented centre back to North London. However, there are not many other defenders in Europe who could come in and do the job as well as the 24-year-old Newcastle captain would.

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Five ins and outs Newcastle could complete this week

Benitez is ready to swing the axe in order to fund new arrivals.

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Rafael Benitez did a stellar job with Newcastle United last season as he pushed the Magpies to Premier League safety but work needs to be done this summer.

The Tyneside giants have moved quickly to sign Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague following his impressive period on-loan and have brought Kenedy back from Chelsea for another spell, as well as signing South Korea ace Ki Sung-Yeung on a free transfer from Swansea City.

Benitez continues to eye further business in the market though and it could be a busy week, as reports suggest these five deals could be concluded.

Isaac Hayden to Brighton

Sky Sports reported that Isaac Hayden has handed in a transfer request at Newcastle as he intends to move back down south for family reasons, although the Magpies are standing firm on their desire not to sell for the time being.

Player power is significant in the modern transfer market though and an exit for Hayden looks likely, with The Argus stating Brighton are eyeing a move after holding long-term interest in the former England U21 international.

That report suggests a fee of around £10m could be enough to tempt Newcastle into a sale, although the Magpies may look to land a replacement first having already lost Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad.

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Matt Phillips: West Brom

Newcastle lacked consistency in the final third last season and will look to solve that problem this summer, with the Daily Mail stating West Brom’s Matt Phillips is one player being targeted by Rafael Benitez’s side.

Newly-promoted Cardiff City, alongside promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough, are also linked with the services of the 27-year-old Scottish international, which the report says will cost any interested party around £11m.

However, the Chronicle states Newcastle have not made a move to land Phillips from relegated West Bro and are instead pursuing alternative targets in the market – although that does not mean a transfer will not materialise.

Matt Ritchie to Stoke

Newcastle’s continued pursuit of attacking players means that a shake-up to the current squad is likely and it means that departures are likely to go ahead, with The Northern Echo stating Stoke want to conclude a deal for Matt Ritchie this week.

The report adds that Newcastle are ready to sell if their valuation of £15m for the Scotland international is met by the recently-relegated side and Stoke have money to spend following the sale of Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool.

Stoke have already seen a bid of around £12m rejected by Newcastle, the report adds, but a second offer is on the horizon.

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Andros Townsend: Crystal Palace

Newcastle’s aim to bring Andros Townsend back to Tyneside goes hand-in-hand with Matt Ritchie’s proposed move to Stoke, as the Chronicle state the Magpies will not sign Townsend unless the Scotland international is sold.

Townsend left Newcastle for Crystal Palace two-years ago in a deal worth a reported £13m, just six months after arriving at St. James’ Park, and it is suggested that a fee of around £17m will be enough to tempt the Eagles into a sale.

“Your name can be linked with other clubs every transfer window it seems, but you have just got to get on with it and focus on what you are doing for the club you are contracted to until that changes.”

Andros Townsend speaks about the speculation on his future.

Ivan Toney to Sunderland

The writing appears to be on the wall for Ivan Toney at Newcastle, as the Chronicle reports the 22-year-old has been exiled from the first-team and told to find a new club as the Magpies look to clear out the fringe players from their squad.

Toney spent part of last season on-loan with Scunthorpe United, scoring eight goals in 16 league appearances, and a return to the third-tier is on the cards as Sunderland look to sign the young striker, the Chronicle has said.

A potential transfer to Wearside would likely be on-loan but Sunderland would be signing a player with impressive experience of League One, having helped to guide three clubs to the playoffs – twice with Scunthorpe and once with Barnsley.

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Slammed by Alan Shearer, £15m flop Florian Thauvin is now a World Cup finalist

The Newcastle United flop has turned his career around since his woeful spell at St James’ Park.

Mathew Nash

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When Newcastle United saw one man warming up during the World Cup semi-final last night it left many aghast. The player in question was Florian Thauvin, who briefly threatened to come onto the pitch in place of Olivier Giroud.

Now, Newcastle fans will be equally amazed that the Frenchman is a World Cup finalist.

The Toon spent big to bring in Thauvin. Back in the summer of 2015, Newcastle paid a reported £15 million plus Remy Cabella on loan to Marseille for Thauvin’s services.

His time at St James’ Park bordered on shambolic. Thauvin played 13 times for Newcastle but was loaned out after just six months, heading back to Marseille.

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His time at Newcastle became synonymous with the failure of the previously fruitful French market for the club. His biggest impact was his fashion sense. The in-joke of several newbies to wear a tuxedo as their matchday suit drew ire from legend Alan Shearer and left Thauvin feeling isolated.


“He turns up in a tux. This is a serious business we’re in here, it was funny on the first day of the season, it’s not funny anymore.

– Newcastle legend Alan Shearer after Thauvin’s performance v Watford in September 2015


Since then, he has proven just why Newcastle invested £15 million in his services. This season has been sensational for the 25-year-old, who is now at Marseille permanently. He played 54 times for his club, scoring 26 goals and bagging 18 assists, as l’OM made the Europa League final.

Newcastle fans will no doubt wonder what might have been from Thauvin. But perhaps he was simply not right for the club in his younger years.

He will now hope to make an appearance in the final this Sunday. But if not, he may still come away with a World Cup winner’s medal.

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