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Aug 9, 2014

Newcastle sign Lascelles and Darlow

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Newcastle United have completed the signings of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee, with the pair returning to Forest on loan for the entire 2014-15 campaign.

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Lascelles, 20, is a centre-back who made his debut in January 2012 and has made appearances for the England under-20 side, while goalkeeper Darlow has been Forest's first choice stopper since January 2013.

Lascelles said: "As soon as I found out about the move I was over the moon. "It's a huge step up for me. Newcastle are a club with a massive fanbase, a big history and an unbelievable stadium. "First, I am going back to Forest for another season and that will be great for my development. Hopefully I can come here next summer an even better player."

Darlow, 23, added: "I'm delighted for it all to be sorted and I can't wait to get started here at Newcastle. The loan back is going to be another year but it gives me time to develop my game further before I return. 

"I'm looking forward to the future." Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said: "It is a real coup to have signed two of the finest young talents in English football outside of the Premier League.

"Jamaal and Karl will be a big part of the future of this Club. They have both performed outstandingly in the Championship over the last couple of years and I have no doubt they will be able step up to this level once they return from their loan at Nottingham Forest."

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