Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles is reportedly being monitored by Tottenham and Chelsea, which is concerning news for the North East club.
According to the Chronicle, the two Premier League giants are eyeing the 24-year-old and there could be interest in the January transfer window from both.
It is understood that scouts have monitored the Magpies captain in recent times, but Newcastle would be likely to resist any approaches in the winter window.
Rafael Benitez’s side will be confident of keeping hold of their English centre-back, but the writing really would be on the wall in terms of relegation to the Championship if the did leave St James’ Park.
Lascelles is a no-nonsense enforcer that is vital in the Newcastle side due to his defensive qualities, but equally his leadership qualities play a massive role in the dressing room.
After failing to win any of their opening 10 Premier League games, Newcastle look like they could be in a relegation fight this season and will need their star players to dig them out of trouble.
It’s vital that a character like Lascelles is around to keep spirits high and he’s one of the most consistent performers in the team.