Chelsea and Tottenham are reported to be going head-to-head for Newcastle United central defender Jamaal Lascelles having identified him as a top target for the January transfer window.
Both clubs have identified the Magpies captain as the ideal signing but they may have to do more to have his signature following reports that his current employers are preparing a new lucrative offer for Jamaal Lascelles that will have him remain at the St James Park.
Reports according to the Chronicle Live say the two London clubs will not be deterred but will keep monitoring the situation at the club and have their bid ready for the January transfer window.
Chelsea are being placed in a better situation to have Jamaal Lascelles because of their position in the Premier League table as well as the position of the Magpies who are currently being threatened with relegation.
There are no chances that Jamaal Lascelles will remain with the club at their struggling state as he will only want to remain in the top flight and not play in the Championship.
Manager Rafa Benitez will be banking on the funds that would be made available to him to recruit more players to save the situation at the club.