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Bizarre Newcastle transfer swap deal reported for January

6 years ago
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A number of newspapers are all reporting the same bizarre Newcastle transfer swap deal for January.

The story goes that United hope to solve some of their defensive problems by recalling Jamaal Lascelles from his season long loan at Nottingham Forest.

Newcastle spent around £7m on Forest pair Lascelles and keeper Karl Darlow in the summer but instantly loaned them back to the Championship club.

When NUFC released details of their nominated Premier League squad in September, Lascelles was listed as a young player who could feature this season though Darlow wasn’t, leading to the assumption that the defender could possibly be recalled to St.James’ Park this season but Darkow couldn’t.

The reports, including the Express and Sunday People, this morning claim that while Lascelles could be recalled to Newcastle in January, to make up for their loss Forest could potentially be given the services of Steven Taylor, either on loan or permanently.

Taylor came in and did ok as Newcastle kept a clean sheet against Leicester but the defence still looked rocky and we all know that there is an urgent need to strengthen.

However, while a lot of supporters are not fans of Steven Taylor, letting him go would appear madness with Newcastle’s current lack of options.

Then when it comes to Jamaal Lascelles, what would he give the team if recalled in January?

As reported when we bought him, Newcastle may well have bought a star of the future but the reality at the minute appears something different.

While these newspaper reports claim that Stuart Pearce would be gutted to lose this ‘crucial part’ of Forest’s promotion push, if any of the journalists had bothered to check they would have quickly found out that Lascelles had not started a single Championship match for Forest this season.

The young defender having played only 78 minutes spread over three substitute appearances in the league.

Jamaal Lascelles may well be recalled to Newcastle in January but to put any great expectation on a player who currently can’t get a game in the Championship would be pure madness…though we should be well used to that by now at St.James’ Park.

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