Nottingham Forest could buy Newcastle duo back, says Al Hasawi

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Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has not ruled out a return for Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles from Newcastle United.

Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has hinted that he is already plotting moves to bring Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles back to the club should they get promoted. 

The duo are two of Forest's brightest young talents, but they were sold to Newcastle this summer in a deal that aggravated Reds supporters.

The pair have been loaned back to the club for the season, but it was still a source of much frustration that they were allowed to leave.

Indeed, at one stage it seemed that Stuart Pearce's relationship with Al Hasawi had threatened to break down but, after the arrivals of Michail Antonio and Britt Assombalonga, things seem to have been resolved.

Forest have become the early pace-setters in the Championship, with positivity around the City Ground higher than it has been in a number of years.

The club have attacked with pace and power throughout the embryonic season so far and have proved to be too much for many second-division sides to handle. 

It appears they have as good a chance as any team in the division to gain promotion if they keep this form up and their owner is already making plans for their Premier League transfer window. 

Al Hasawi insists that he will improve Forest for every season he is at the club and has revealed he is even planning a sensational swoop to keep Lascelles and Darlow should his team achieve promotion.

"I will make Forest stronger and stronger every year that I am here," Al Hasawi told the Nottingham Post.

"Every year I will make the side strong, every year I will work to push Forest."

"What we did this summer is sell two good players, in Lascelles and Darlow. Some people thought that we had just taken the money."

"But we did not. We took the money so that we could buy more players for the club, so that we could make us stronger. We kept Darlow and Lascelles for the season and, with that money from Newcastle, we invested in the team."

"Maybe next season we will sign them again, maybe we will even buy them back."

"In the future, you never know. If we go into the Premier League, perhaps we can talk with Newcastle. We can perhaps loan the players again or even buy them back. Alternatively, we will buy other players."

If Forest could keep the duo it would be a major boost, but the club will simply be concentrating achieving promotion for now. 

Pearce has made an encouraging start to life as boss at the City Ground, but they must keep the momentum gained from the opening few matches going throughout what is a gruelling Championship season.

Forest are next in action against Fulham tonight and they will be looking to pick up the three points against a side desperately struggling at the wrong end of the table. 

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