Newcastle confirm no January deal for Forest's Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle United have revealed that they have no option to recall Jamaal Lascelles from his loan deal with Nottingham Forest.

The Magpies signed central defender Lascelles from Forest during the summer, with a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million required to secure the youngster’s signature.

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow was also signed as part of the deal, and, with neither player likely to make a first-team impact this season, the duo were loaned back to Championship promotion chasers Forest for the duration of the league campaign.

Darlow has since started every game for the club, and the 24-year-old has been in impressive form as Stuart Pearce’s men have remained within sight of the Premier League. However, Lascelles has made just three league appearances - all as a substitute - and it does not look likely that he will become a first-team regular in the near future.

With Newcastle struggling in the top flight, it has been reported that the club would be looking to recall the duo in the January transfer window, in an attempt to shore up an increasingly leaky defence.

However, the Magpies have come out and confirmed that there is no clause in either of their contracts that allows their early return, with the pair contracted to Forest for the entirety of the 2014/15 season.

At this week’s Fans Forum, a club spokesman said: “It was stated that the club are delighted to have secured both Jamaal and Karl Darlow.

“While they will be big assets to the squad in future, it was not true that they could be recalled from their current loan deals until the end of the 2014/15 season.”

The confirmation that the pair will be at the City Ground for the entire season will be welcome news for the Forest faithful, with the talented duo looking to play their part in Forest’s promotion to the top flight.

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