Chelsea tracking Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles?

Chelsea tracking Newcastle's Lascelles?
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A report claims that Jamaal Lascelles could swap Newcastle United for Chelsea in an £18m deal, as Antonio Conte is desperate to bring in more homegrown talent.

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles is an £18m target for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, according to a report.

The 22-year-old was handed the armband following Fabricio Coloccini's departure earlier this year and already has experience of playing in the top flight.

It is claimed by The Sun that Conte is desperate to fully rebuild his defence and is looking for homegrown talent to join the club, with Lascelles among those to have been tracked by the Italian since he officially took charge in the summer.

Chelsea, whose three-man defence for Wednesday's defeat to West Ham United had a combined age of 94 years, are also said to be keeping tabs on Tottenham Hotspur's Ben Davies, Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson and Burnley's Michael Keane.

Lascelles has made 17 appearances for Newcastle in all competitions this season, 15 of which have come in the Championship.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United in action during the Capital One Cup Second Round between Newcastle United and Northampton Town at St James' Park on August 25, 2015
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