PHOTO: Newcastle United unveil Nottingham Forest duo

The Magpies have completed the signings of Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles.

The Nottingham Forest duo were today unveiled at St James' Park, though both will be loaned back to their former club for the current Championship campaign.

Lascelles, a centre-back, had been the subject of interest from Queens Park Rangers but has now agreed a long-term move to Newcastle United, with Alan Pardew suggesting he will play a big part in the club's future.

And the Magpies boss offered the same praise to goalkeeper Darlow, telling the club's website: "It is a real coup to have signed two of the finest young talents in English football outside of the Premier League.

"Jamaal and Karl will be a big part of the future of this Club. They have both performed outstandingly in the Championship over the last couple of years and I have no doubt they will be able step up to this level once they return from their loan at Nottingham Forest."

Upon his unveiling, 20-year-old Lascelles said: "As soon as I found out about the move I was over the moon.

"It's a huge step up for me. Newcastle are a club with a massive fanbase, a big history and an unbelievable stadium.

"First, I am going back to Forest for another season and that will be great for my development. Hopefully I can come here next summer an even better player."

Meanwhile, Darlow added: "I'm delighted for it all to be sorted and I can't wait to get started here at Newcastle.

"The loan back is going to be another year but it gives me time to develop my game further before I return. I'm looking forward to the future."

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