Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles has told the Getting Messi podcast that he could have signed for Arsenal or Everton from Nottingham Forest as a teenager – instead swapping the EFL Championship club for the Magpies at the age of just 20.
Now 27, Jamaal is Newcastle captain and has clocked up 175 appearances for them – continuing to go under the radar as perhaps one of the country’s more consistent centre-backs. Lascelles is yet to win a full England cap.
However, it could have been very different. He had broken into the Forest side as a teenager and by the time the Magpies paid £4.5 million in 2014, he had already played 65 times for Forest but The Toon were not the first club keen.
Jamaal spilt the beans over potential moves to the PL, claiming that he could have moved to London with the Gunners or Merseyside with the Toffees.
In the end, Newcastle purchased him – but his professional career could have taken a very different path.
“The Arsenal interest, it was there. I think it was definitely there. I cannot remember who my agent was at the time,” the Englishman said.
“I was 18 and concentrating on my job. My dad didn’t want it to effect me or my ego. That was kind of kept away from me.
“The Everton thing, I actually went to the training ground and had a look around and stuff.
“They were interested. I am not sure why it didn’t happen but they were interested as well. As a kid, there has always been paper talk and speculation.”