Former Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles is being linked with an £18m move from Newcastle to Chelsea, writes the Nottingham post.
The Blues are looking to boost the number of home-grown stars in their squad, and see the 22-year-old as the answer to this.
Lascelles has become a vital player for Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park, starting all but one match so far this campaign as they look to be immediately promoted back to the Premier League.
Lascelles was sold to Newcastle in a joint £7m deal with goalkeeper Karl Darlow in 2014 before being loaned back to Forest for a season.
Both played in Newcastle’s weekend win at Preston as they stayed three points clear at the top of the Championship.
Afterwards, he tweeted: “Well that was a battle! We adapted to there style of play and managed to get the job done. Fans superb as always.”