According to The Independent, Liverpool want to sign Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles in this summer’s transfer window.
Lascelles, who has also been linked with Chelsea, impressed for Newcastle during the 2017-18 campaign.
The centre-back was seen as an outside bet to make the England squad for the 2018 World Cup, but was somewhat surprisingly overlooked by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.
There is no question that Lascelles is making strides forward, and it is not a surprise to see top-four clubs being linked with the 24-year-old at this stage of his career.
The Newcastle fans have been reacting to the transfers rumours, and it seems that the bulk are desperate for Lascelles to stay with the club this summer.
That said, the general consensus is that Lascelles should be allowed to leave if Liverpool match the £75m that they paid Southampton for Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk during the January transfer window.
A selection of the Twitter reaction in relation to Lascelles can be seen below:
Klopp has identified Jamaal Lascelles as one of his key targets as he looks to add some more depth to his squad. #LFC are also said to be keen on Burnley defender James Tarkowski. It is likely that the Merseysiders will only look to purchase one of the pair. [Independent] #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 21, 2018
If Van Dijk was £75m then Lascelles shouldn't be sold for less 🙄
— Ricky Palfreman (@NothingMainly) May 21, 2018
That should tell Jamaal all he needs to know then, he's seen as adding 'depth', so not a starter.
— Jack Wilson (@wsjack3) May 21, 2018
Jamaal is not going anywhere. He wants to do great things for Newcastle with Rafa in charge.
— Julie Shanks (@julie_shanks) May 21, 2018
£75m please mr.klopp
— Dan McDonald (@danmc1411) May 21, 2018
Selling @Lascelles16 would be very shortsighted. Great player now besides his upside. Money aside who needs the stress of relegation each year. Time to look up and not back and worrying about staying up each year. #signrafa
— Dave Perehudoff (@DavidPerehudoff) May 21, 2018
He already said he won't be leaving, useless observation
— TOON ARMY (@doiuhg) May 21, 2018
Slap a £75 million price tag. If they paid that for VVD they’ll have to do the same to him
— Dylan Turnbull (@DylanTurnbull96) May 21, 2018
He's got a 6 year contract, he's going no where
— Nathan Fox (@Foxy_005) May 21, 2018
That's fine just give us 60 mill as that's whathes he's worth IMO van dijk went for 75 mill and he was older and Dutch lascelles is younger not to mention English so I think we can say he is safe unless someone comes in with that figure
— John Patrickson (@john22061984) May 21, 2018