Newcastle Utd buying for future

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID

ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United are buying for the future with the double signing of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow.

The club is set to complete the £7m joint-deal for the Nottingham Forest pair today.

Defender Lascelles and goalkeeper Darlow will be loaned back to the Championship club this season.

The proposed deal has angered Forest manager Stuart Pearce, who has taken charge at the City Ground this summer.

Pearce claimed they had been sold against his wishes.

For his part, Pardew feels Lascelles, 20, and 23-year-old Darlow - who have undergone medicals on Tyneside - will be “great assets” to the club in the coming years.

“Every time we sign a player we think it’s good business,” said Pardew.

“I’m not sure if it’s done yet, as I’ve been at the game, but they’re two great young players.

“They’ll be great assets to Newcastle United going forward.”

Former Newcastle defender Pearce was vocal in his criticism of the sale of Lascelles and Darlow earlier this week.

Pearce claimed he had not been consulted on the merits of the deal.

However, Fawaz Al Hasawi, Forest’s owner, yesterday responded to Pearce’s claims in a statement.

“The manager and I openly discussed the proposed sale of Karl and Jamaal, and he was aware of the negotiations throughout,” said Al Hasawi.

“The business side of football is changing, and the requirement to increase revenue means, unfortunately, difficult decisions have to be made.

“As Stuart mentioned in his media interview, I have always backed him financially and that will continue.

“I respect him greatly and I strongly believe together we can achieve our aims and bring success back to this great club.”

Once the deals go through, the pair will take the total number of Newcastle’s summer signings to nine.

Pardew, however, is still keen to see another senior striker arrive at St James’s Park.