Newcastle: 211-game star could make St James' Park exit

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“There’s a possibility” that Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles could sign for Nottingham Forest or another Championship side this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Toon Army skipper still has more than two years remaining on his Magpies contract, but he has fallen out of favour under Eddie Howe.

What’s the latest news involving Lascelles?

Lascelles is in his seventh season as a Newcastle player, but this could well be his last on Tyneside.

He might have appeared 211 times during his eight years at the club, but Dan Burns’ January arrival has seen him lose his place in the team, with the former Brighton defender and Fabian Schar forming an impressive defensive partnership in recent months.

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Since the January window closed, Lascelles has started just three top-flight games, which is why Newcastle are willing to cash in on his services when the summer window reopens for business.

And Jones reckons that a return to the City Ground, where he started his playing career, or another second-tier move could be on the cards for the centre-back.

What did Jones say about Lascelles?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think there’s a possibility that he goes to Forest, maybe. I think there will be a few clubs interested in signing him; high Championship, low end Premier League, is probably where he will be looking.”

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Is Lascelles still good enough to play in the Premier League?

While a return to Nottingham Forest could happen, especially if Steve Cooper’s men manage to navigate their way through the play offs and end their long wait for Premier League football, at 28-years-old, the defender will surely fancy his chances of playing top-flight football moving forward.

After all, Lascelles has still featured 23 times in the league this season and has by no means looked out of place.

Despite losing his place in the side, Lascelles’ WhoScored statistics prove that he could still do a job at this level.

He makes the second-most clearances (4.7) per 90 minutes in the Newcastle squad, behind only Dan Burn (6), and the second-most blocks, averaging 1.1 every game, bettered only by Federico Fernandez.

Lascelles might not be part of Howe’s future plans, but nothing yet has suggested that he can’t do a decent job for a lower half Premier League team next season.

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