In recent days it was speculated that Newcastle fans could get an early look at Jamaal Lascelles.
The defender, along with keeper Karl Darlow, was loaned to Nottingham Forest immediately after being sold to Newcastle last summer.
The season long loan was agreed, though Lascelles was included in Newcastle United’s Premier League squad, as one of the youth/development players.
This led to suggestions he may have a clause in his loan contract which could have allowed him to be recalled, with Darlow not being named in the NUFC squad, however Newcastle United said recalling Lascelles was not possible whilst he was playing for Forest.
Moving forward to the last few days and with Forest’s season almost certain to end on May 2nd, as they have next to no chance of making the play-offs, it was claimed that Jamaal Lascelles could be available for United’s last three matches with the Premier League continuing for three weeks more.
However, now the Shields Gazette have stated that they have been told that twenty one year old Lascelles can’t turn out for Newcastle this season, even if Forest don’t make the play-offs.
The newspaper gives no explanation of why this is supposedly the case.
There is a precedent, with Michael Chopra loaned out by Newcastle to Barnsley for the whole of the 2004/05 season.
The striker returning to Gallowgate after his season at Barnsley but before the end of the Premier League season – Chopra coming on as a substitute in the last game of the season against Chelsea at St. James’ Park.
Earlier today news from Italy confirmed that Davide Santon’s tenth appearance for Inter Milan has triggered the clause that will make his deal permanent at the end of the season.