Spurs battle Chelsea for Newcastle defender

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Dom Le Roy

According to The London Evening Standard Tottenham are ready to battle it out with Chelsea for Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles.

Back February it was reported that the 24-year-old is a key target for Chelsea this summer however the article says Spurs are also admirers of the centre half, who impressed as captain of Newcastle this season.

The article adds that we are expected to sell Toby Alderweireld this summer after the Belgium international rejected their offer of a new contract.

It goes on to say Manchester United remain favourites and are confident that they will agree a deal for the 29-year-old, although negotiations have stalled since Spurs began asking for in excess of £55m.

Former Nottingham Forest star Lascelles has been earmarked as a potential replacement for the Belgian, however the article adds that we remain keen on Ajax’s Holland international Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as well.

Everton are also interested and the article says it is expected that the Merseyside club plan to make an opening bid of £30m, but it is believed it will take an offer in the region of £45m to acquire Lascelles.

The Magpies don’t want to sell their prize asset and Lascelles and the defender claims he is happy to stay at St James’ Park, however Rafael Benitez uncertain of how much money he will be given to spend in the transfer market, their stance may soften should someone meet their valuation.

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