Reported Tottenham target Jamaal Lascelles will cost a 'sensational' £8 million should the north London club want to add the promising centre back to their ranks.
Nottingham Forest's new manager Stuart Pearce has already knocked back a £4 million offer from Queens Park Rangers, and says he is building for the future.
“Obviously QPR have let it out and they put money on the table for him but I’ve come here to build the club, not dismantle it,” Pearce said.
“The only way I would accept an offer for our best young players is if it’s sensational and enables me to strengthen the team, so I know at the end of any negotiations I’m stronger than when I started at the offset.
“But the bottom line is we don’t take money for our best young players. The chairman has got enough financial clout to trust my judgment on that. There is no pressure to sell the players.
“Did they [QPR] get near the valuation? No. Young players are a real commodity
in this day and age and I think my staff and myself can make him a better
footballer by staying at this club.”
The Under-20 England international has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane since 2012, and the centre half position looks to be undergoing significant change. Michael Dawson is in talks over a move to Hull, and there are still question marks over the fitness of Younes Kaboul who was in and out of the side last season. Steven Caulker has been linked with a return to his first club, while there is little cover between the first team and the U-18 team at centre back, with only Milos Veljkovic filling in the void.
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