Tottenham are considering a bid for Jamaal Lascelles according to reports on Thursday morning.
The Newcastle centre-back is said by The Telegraph to be one of the players Spurs see as potentially replacing the soon to be outgoing Toby Alderweireld.
Alderweireld’s wage demands have been seen as far too high for Tottenham’s taste and the 29 year old is expected to leave for around £40m in the summer, with PSG, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea all believed to have interest in the Belgian star.
So far, Newcastle fans have only had to put up with rehashes of the supposed Chelsea interest in Jamaal Lascelles, the only difference being that now the supposed buying price has crept up from £15m to £30m for NUFC’s most important player.
The Telegraph though now say that Spurs are taking a serious interest in the Newcastle captain and could use some/all of that expected fee for Alderweireld to bid for Lascelles.
As well as Jamaal Lascelles, Tottenham are said to also be looking at 18 year old Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax, as well as Jonny Evans at West Brom – who will be available on the cheap when the Baggies go down.
Vertonghen is expected to sign a new long-term Tottenham contracts in the coming months, along with Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son.
In their latest win, Spurs used 21 year old Sanchez alongside Vertonghen (turns 31 this month) at the centre of defence against Chelsea and the North London club under Pochettino are more than ready to sign and play young players.
At 24 and English, it would maybe be a surprise if Tottenham weren’t looking at Jamaal Lascelles as a possible target – Spurs a team which has concentrated on recruiting so many young English players.
Jonny Evans turns 31 in January and his ridiculous taxi episode on Pardew’s booze cruise will hardly help encourage clubs at the top who have the money and appeal to go for any number of clubs, never mind his part in West Brom’s appalling season.
In contrast, Newcastle have the seventh best defensive record this season and it would have been even better if Jamaal Lascelles had played right through, the six games he didn’t start saw 17 goals conceded whilst in the 25 he started, only 23 were conceded.
Rafa Benitez needs to be convinced that Newcastle are ambitious and this in turn should hopefully do the same with Lascelles – because no matter how much substance there is (or isn’t) in this Tottenham link, other clubs will surely be interested in the Newcastle Captain this summer.