Newcastle sign Nottingham Forest pair

JAMAAL LASCELLES
JAMAAL LASCELLES
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NEWCASTLE United will unveil new signings Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow today – in a double swoop that has left Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce fuming.

The Magpies are set to tie up centre-half Lascelles and goalkeeper Darlow in a fee which could rise to £7m.

The pair had medicals yesterday, and will put pen to paper on long-term contracts at St James’s Park.

They will take Alan Pardew’s signings to nine this summer, but will be loaned straight back to Championship club Forest for the season.

However, Pearce – a former Newcastle player – says Forest sold the pair against his advice.

“We had an offer from Newcastle that I was made aware of last week, in regards to the two players going there,” Pearce said.

“The figures that were mentioned, by the representative of our club – I said I would not do that deal, when I was asked the question.

“I thought I could push their value up and that they would be worth more in the long run.

“The first I heard today about things was when Jamaal Lascelles came in and told me that he had a medical at 2pm at Newcastle. That disappointed me greatly.”

England Under-20 international Lascelles has been scouted by a host of Premier League clubs, and Everton were fined £45,000 for an unauthorised approach for the player.

Goalkeeper Darlow, 23, was released by Aston Villa as a youngster, but bounced back to establish himself as Forest’s No 1.

Pearce is pleased to have the players back on loan for the season, but admits he is unhappy with the deal.

“For whatever reason, they (Forest) have decided to take the money on this situation.

“I do not agree with it. But the only olive branch I have got is that the boys are both coming back on a year loan, which is a bonus.

“But I felt that, if they stayed at the club, they would only have increased in value.”