Report: Newcastle could demand £45m for Spurs target Jamaal Lascelles

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (2L) has a shot on goal by Newcastle United's English defender Jamaal Lascelles during the English Premier League football match between...

Newcastle United reportedly have several Premier League sides, including Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, chasing Jamaal Lascelles.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles celebrates victory  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on April 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

According to a report from the London Evening Standard, Newcastle could demand as much as £45 million before they consider selling Jamaal Lascelles, who continues to attract the attention from the likes of Tottenham and Everton this summer.

The London Evening Standard reports that Spurs are bracing themselves for Toby Alderweireld's potential departure, and Lascelles is one of the players that Mauricio Pochettino has his eye on currently.

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Lascelles enjoyed a superb campaign this past year. The centre-back led Newcastle to a top-half finish in their first season back in the Premier League despite many expecting Rafa Benitez's men to seriously struggle to stay up.

The London Evening Standard reports that Everton are preparing an offer of £30 million, while Chelsea are also monitoring Lascelles' situation at St James' Park - but Newcastle are determined not to sell the Englishman for less than £45 million.

The London Evening Standard adds that the Magpies' desire to hold onto Lascelles may fade slightly should a tempting offer come in and Benitez not initially have the funds to make major changes to his squad over the summer. 

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

It would be a surprise if the likes of Tottenham and Everton were willing to meet Lascelles' asking price though. The former Nottingham Forest ace was excellent this past year, but Pochettino and Marco Silva would be forgiven for having their doubts as to whether he could justify such a large price-tag. 

Newcastle meanwhile, may perhaps be hoping that the asking price does enough to prevent any interested side making kind of the bid that falls well short of their valuation but is still large enough to turn Lascelles' head. It appears that only serious money is going to be enough to prise him away from Tyneside during the coming months. 

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