Is this Nottingham Forest's best chance to re-sign Newcastle owned duo?

Is a promotion-relegation swing, the best chance for Nottingham Forest to retain the services of Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles?

Nottingham Forest took the surprise decision in early August to sell top stars Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles to Newcastle.

Forest however managed to convince Newcastle to let them have the pair back on loan for the year.

With Stuart Pearce's side riding high in the Championship, Darlow has been an ever-present in goal, but Lascelles has struggled to get into the team.

Club owner Fawaz Al Hasawi suggested a fortnight ago that Forest could look to re-sign the duo, and the way the season is panning out, it looks plausible. 

He told SkySports: "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."

Forest sit in second in the Championship, level on points with teams in first and third, and have a strong chance of reaching the Premier League. Lascelles's struggle to make the team illustrative of their strength in depth.

There is another factor working in their favour too, Newcastle's poor form.

Alan Pardew's side sit in 19th place, without a win in their opening six games. There is a strong chance the manager does not see out the month, let alone the season.

If Newcastle end up being relegated, and Forest promoted, as it presently stands to happen, then their best chance of re-signing Lascelles and Darlow opens up.

For both players, it would be a move they would want to happen. Having achieved promotion, it would be disheartening for both to have to remain in the Championship.

There is a long way to go until May, but neither scenario is likely to be off the table any time soon.

Newcastle will need to balance the books if relegated, and selling two players who have never played for them, would be high on their list of sacrifices.

"In the future, you never know. If we go into the Premier League, perhaps we can talk with Newcastle."

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