According to The Sun, Newcastle are in talks with Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna over the possibility of signing Swiss defender Fabian Schar, which could allow Tottenham to move for the Magpies’ captain Jamaal Lascelles.
Owner Mike Ashley’s transfer policy means that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez must sell players before he makes any new signings. Having sold Chancel Mbemba to Porto for £7.14m, Schar may well be his replacement, although it was clear that Mbemba was never Benitez’s plans after he played just 9 times in the Premier League last season.
This could mean that if Benitez does get Schar, who has a release clause of just £3.5m after Deportivo were relegated from La Liga, then he may reluctantly sell his captain to fund moves for players in other positions this summer.
Earlier this month Lascelles was the subject of a £25m bid from West Ham, which was rejected, but fellow London club Spurs could well also be in the market for a centre-back if Toby Alderweireld leaves the club.
Alderweireld looks desperate to leave Spurs this summer, and Daniel Levy has slapped a £75m price-tag on his head after serious interest from Manchester United, according to The Mirror.
If the Belgian was to depart, Spurs would be left with just Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth as recognised centre-backs in the squad (although Eric Dier can fill in when needed).
However, with Spurs yet to make a signing this summer, fans of the North London club would be desperate for Levy to open the chequebook and Lascelles could be the perfect long-term replacement for Alderweireld.
The Newcastle man is comfortable bringing or playing the ball out from the back and is also a threat in the opposition box. At just 24 years old he also has age on his side and could become a key player at the new White Hart Lane, and he would arguably be the signing of the summer in the Premier League.