Stuart Pearce hits out as Nottingham Forest duo sold to Newcastle

MOVE ... Darlow and Lascelles.
MOVE ... Darlow and Lascelles.
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NOTTINGHAM Forest manager Stuart Pearce says duo Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow were sold to Newcastle United against his advice.

The Magpies today swooped for centre-half Lascelles and goalkeeper Darlow in a fee believed to be around £7m.

The pair are on Tyneside to complete the move, but are expected to be loaned straight back to Championship club Forest.

However Pearce – a former Newcastle player – believes his club should have received more.

“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.”

Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi decided on the deal, and Pearce admitted the only bonus was that England Under-20 international Lascelles and 23-year-old goalkeeper Darlow are returning to the club on loan,

“I think I have a good relationship with the club,” he added to the Nottingham Post.

“But obviously, for whatever reason, they 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.”