Report: Defensive talent will not join Newcastle before end of season

A report had stated that Jamaal Lascelles would move to Newcastle ahead of schedule to cover for their defensive problems.

A report in the Shields Gazette states that central defender Jamaal Lascelles will not be moving to Newcastle before the end of the campaign.

21-year-old Lascelles has made 21 appearances for Nottingham Forest this season, having stayed at the club on loan after signing for Newcastle last summer, along with goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

However, unlike Darlow, Lascelles was named on the Magpies' Premier League squad list in case he had to be recalled to cover for injuries or suspensions at St James’ Park. That situation has yet to occur, and the England Under-21 international has become a key part of Dougie Freedman’s Forest side, having been in and out of the team under Stuart Pearce.

The potential of the centre-half heading back to Tyneside early once again came to the fore this week, as Fabricio Coloccini was sent off in the Magpies defeat to Everton on Sunday, and is set to miss the next three games.

Mike Williamson is now the only senior, natural central defender in the first-team squad, and a report in the Chronicle suggested that Lascelles would be recalled early if Forest fell out of the race for a play-off spot.

However, such an occurrence has been swiftly dismissed, with the Shields Gazette confirming that there is a clause in Lascelles’ contract which would prevent him from playing for Newcastle until next season.

With this option now off the table, it could be up to Slovakian youngster Lubo Satka to receive his first minutes of Premier League football as a starter for the Magpies.

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