Wednesday afternoon has brought new claims that Jamaal Lascelles could leave in this transfer window.
Everton are claimed to have renewed/continued their interest in Newcastle’s captain and are considering making an offer.
The report comes from The Guardian, so not quite as easy to dismiss as certain other media sources.
Of course, even if Everton make an offer, it doesn’t necessarily mean the player would then leave.
However, the way this transfer window is going I don’t think any of us can be quite sure what will happen by 5pm next Thursday (9 August).
Jamaal Lascelles is 24 now and Everton have been linked, along with many other clubs, with the defender in both the January and summer transfer windows of 2018.
Once again the scousers haven’t been shy of spending money and have just paid £18m to Barcelona for Lucas Digne, following on from £40m on Richarlison from Watford.
We know how important Jamaal Lascelles is to Newcastle and playing devil’s advocate for a moment, what if Everton believed he could do the same for them? Also, they have a number of players who could potentially be offered as part of any deal.
Lascelles actually almost signed for Everton eight years ago (see below).
However, Everton and the player’s agent were fined for their actions and Lascelles ‘severely warned’ as to his future conduct, due to the nature of the attempted deal when he was on a scholarship as a 16 year old at Forest back in 2010.
Needless to say, if the central defender did leave, many Newcastle fans would also believe any hopes for this season would be leaving with him.
BBC Sport – 22 January 2014:
Everton have been fined £45,000 by the Football Association for an unauthorised approach for Nottingham Forest’s Jamaal Lascelles in 2010.
The Toffees have also been warned about their future conduct after breaching the FA’s football agent regulations.
Lascelles, 20, is still at Forest and has made 15 appearances this season for the Championship side.
The defender has been given a warning and his agent at the time, Andy Niedzwiecki, has been fined £10,000.
The centre-half signed his first professional contract with Forest in 2011 and penned a new four-year deal in 2012.
At the time of Everton’s approach, Lascelles was under a scholarship agreement at Forest.
The FA said added in their statement:
“Andy Niedzwiecki, the football agent who was representing Mr Lascelles at the time, has been fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting his part in the matter.
“Jamaal Lascelles, who also admitted his part in the affair, has been severely warned as to his future conduct. The time-frame for any appeal has passed.”