Tuesday morning has seen breaking news claiming that West Ham have made an offer for Jamaal Lascelles.
Sky Sports say that the offer was £20m up front, with another £5m if hitting certain targets.
The broadcaster saying however, that the offer was quickly knocked back by Newcastle United.
There had been a bit of a lull once the World Cup started in terms of speculation/claims of interest and offers for the Newcastle Captain.
However, as we move into the final four weeks of the transfer window it was predictable he would be the target for other clubs.
The last speculation was around five weeks ago (see below) when it was claimed Tottenham were interested, with a valuation of up to £45m for Jamaal Lascelles.
Spurs expecting to lose Toby Alderweireld and bank at least £50m, which would potentially be more than enough to buy Lascelles. With Alderweireld starring in the World Cup and a semi-final with Belgium tonight, he will certainly be going for big money this summer.
However, here’s hoping/expecting Lascelles is going nowhere, whether for big money or indeed the paltry sum that West Ham have offered.
The Mag – 6 June 2018:
No surprise that Jamaal Lascelles continues to be talked about as the Newcastle player coveted by other clubs.
The 24 year old had a stellar season as he led Newcastle United’s ‘Championship’ squad to a 10th place finish and safety with still a month to go.
Having previously only started 10 Premier League matches, the 2017/18 season couldn’t have been more impressive.
Recent days have seen claims of a £30m move to Everton, a figure and club that most Newcastle fans have seen as very unlikely.
However, the London Evening Standard now claim that there is a real threat to Newcastle hanging onto their captain, with the newspaper claiming their information is that Tottenham are now ready to act and rival Chelsea for the player.
With Tottenham expecting to bank in excess of £50m from Toby Alderweireld’s impending departure, the Standard says they will then use that money to try and buy Jamaal Lascelles.
This new report also carries a more realistic transfer fee (in this crazy market), saying they understand it will take a bid of around £45m to land Lascelles.
The report continuing, saying that this kind of figure may finally convince Rafa Benitez to sell and use the money to help land his own essential targets.
Obviously we treat all newspaper reports with extreme caution but there is set to be serious money spent in the Premier League this summer and the quoted £45m figure for Jamaal Lascelles, is at least in the right ballpark.
Newcastle fans of course still waiting of course for more news on quality players coming in, rather than going out.
The signing of Martin Dubravka of course being a no-brainer, Newcastle having only a limited period of time to activate his £4m buyout clause.