Turkish giants eye surprise January move for Newcastle United stalwart ahead of new contract talks

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The latest transfer talk from Newcastle United as one long-serving Magpies star is linked with a move to Turkey.

Turkish giants Besiktas are reportedly preparing a move for one of Newcastle United's longest serving players.

The Daily Mail have reported Magpies club captain Jamaal Lascelles is said to be attracting interest from the SuperLig club as he enters the final six months of his current deal at St James Park. The former Nottingham Forest centre-back made a late substitute appearance in Saturday's FA Cup win at Sunderland and has found himself out of Eddie Howe's starting eleven following Sven Botman's return to injury.

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Lascelles, who joined the Magpies during the summer of 2014, managed to make 13 consecutive starts in all competitions in Botman's absence and received praise from United boss Howe for his attitude following his return.

Speaking after the remarkable 4-1 home win in a Champions League group stage clash with Paris Saint-Germain, Howe said of the defender: “I’m so pleased for Jamaal. I said countless times last year how good his attitude was, how well he trained, how good he’d been for the group.

“But ultimately he’s desperate to show how good he is on the pitch. The biggest compliment I can pay him is that he’s stepped in and he’s really stepped up to the challenge and I think he’s performed really, really well in the last group of games that we’ve had."

Despite impressing in recent months, Lascelles is able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of the Premier League as he enters the final months of his current deal at Newcastle. However, Howe has already given a major indication the 30-year-old will be handed a chance to remain on Tyneside.

Speaking last month, he said: “I’m sure contract talks with Jamaal… I’m just trying to wrack my brain as to where his contract is at, but I think he is part of our long-term future, for sure.”

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