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Newcastle admit on-loan players can’t be recalled and Mapou replacement was lined up

6 years ago
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Newcastle United have admitted that on-loan players Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, can’t be recalled this season from Nottingham Forest.

The pair were purchased for a reported £7m combined fee and instantly loaned back to Forest for the season.

However, when Lascelles was named by the club as one of the young players who could potentially play this season, when naming their official 25 man squad of senior players, many assumed that he could be recalled while Darlow could not.

Responding to a question at Monday’s Fan Forum the club confirmed;

“It was stated that the club are delighted to have secured both Jamaal and Karl Darlow and while they will be big assets to the squad in future, it was not true that they could be recalled from their current loan deals until the end of the 2014/15 season.”

From one young incoming centre-back to an older outgoing one, Forum representative Brian Parkin asked;

‘What was the thinking behind getting rid of a centre back (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa) on loan?’

The club’s reply;

“The move was sanctioned in the interests of all parties. There is the possibility that the transfer could become permanent at the end of the loan period at around the fee Newcastle United initially paid for him.

“The club added that it had initially reached a verbal agreement for a replacement defender in the summer. Because the deal with AS Roma took longer than expected, the replacement transfer was no longer possible. The club’s view was that the deal to allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave was in the interests of all parties and, after taking the medium-to-long term view, the club let him leave.”

This is of course at odds with what Alan Pardew had to say in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, the Newcastle manager saying that they had replacements lined up and only needed to make space in the squad – only to then get rid of Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and bring nobody in.

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