Sunderland aim to swoop for target Jamaal Lascelles

Jamaal Lascelles is said to be an interest of Gus Poyet as the Uruguayan has already started his plans for next season, with the defender also interesting Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that the League Cup finalists are interested in the Nottingham Forest defender, after impressive displays in recent months.

The 20-year-old has attracted attention from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool in the past as a whole host of Premier League clubs continue to monitor the England Under 21 International. The move would very much depend on where the two clubs are playing their football next season, as it is a distinct possibility that Sunderland and Forest could switch places come the end of the season.  

The Forest centre back was an unused substitute on Wednesday evening as England Under-21's beat Wales Under-21s 1-0, thanks to a Nathan Redmond strike.

Before the game, Gareth Southgate England's Under-21 manager, suggested that Lascelles keeps his feet on the ground and countines to work hard for Nottingham Forest, despite all of the speculation that has surrounded him in recent months;

"What can you affect as a player? It's your performance, how you do in training and your professionalism towards the game. Other things take care of themselves.

"Very often clubs make the decision because if they go up, they will want to do whatever with the squad and it's the same if they don't go up.

"Ultimately you have a decision to make, but most of the things are uncontrollable.

"The most important thing, especially as a young player, is concentrate on improving every single day." he explained to the Nottingham Post.

Southgate went on to suggest that Lascelles is at a great club for his future development, Nottingham Forest, and shouldn't rush to make a move to the Premier League;

"Jamaal is at a good place to learn. Forest want to play. I saw them a couple of weeks ago before they had so many injuries.

"When you have got the likes of David Vaughan, Andy Reid and Henri Lansbury then they are going to play football.

"I think it's helpful that they are playing regular matches and, clearly, the higher that challenge, the better, but it has to be appropriate.

"If the challenge is too much too quickly then it can set players back". 

It appears that Nottingham Forest will do well to keep hold of the highly rated youngster if they fail to gain promotion this season.





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