Alan Pardew ‘A Real Coup To Sign Two Of The Finest Young Talents’
Newcastle United have at last confirmed the signings of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow.
After a week of the moves being widely reported as having happened, United released the official statement to say the Forest duo had signed on the dotted line.
As previously reported/speculated, the fair have signed ‘long-term deals’ (believed to be seven years) but have been instantly loaned back to Nottingham Forest for a season.
United as usual haven’t confirmed the fees but the varied reports have put it at something between £5m and £7m for the pair. Whether there will be any sell-on clause included is also unknown.
Newcastle United have released the following statement;
Newcastle United have completed the double signing of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.
The pair have both agreed long-term deals at St. James’ Park and will return to Forest on loan for the entire 2014/15 campaign.
Centre-back Lascelles, aged 20, came through the youth system at the City Ground before making his debut in January 2012.
A brief loan spell at Stevenage followed, before the England Under-20 international established himself in the heart of the Reds’ rearguard last season, making 34 appearances in all competitions.
“As soon as I found out about the move I was over the moon.
“It’s a huge step up for me. Newcastle are a club with a massive fanbase, a big history and an unbelievable stadium.
“First, I am going back to Forest for another season and that will be great for my development. Hopefully I can come here next summer an even better player.”
Goalkeeper Darlow is another product of the Forest Academy, making his bow as a substitute on the final day of the 2010/11 campaign.
The 23-year-old also gained crucial experience with loan spells at Newport County and Walsall – twice – and has been Nottingham Forest’s first choice stopper since January 2013.
“I’m delighted for it all to be sorted and I can’t wait to get started here at Newcastle,” he said.
“The loan back is going to be another year but it gives me time to develop my game further before I return.
“I’m looking forward to the future.”
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said:
“It is a real coup to have signed two of the finest young talents in English football outside of the Premier League.
“Jamaal and Karl will be a big part of the future of this Club. They have both performed outstandingly in the Championship over the last couple of years and I have no doubt they will be able step up to this level once they return from their loan at Nottingham Forest.”
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