Jamaal Lascelles 'agrees new bonus deal' with Mike Ashley

Lascelles 'agrees bonus deal' with Ashley
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Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles reportedly agrees a new bonus scheme for the squad with Magpies owner Mike Ashley.

Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles has reportedly brokered a new bonus deal for the squad with owner Mike Ashley.

The club's players were in line to share a bonus of £1m if the Magpies survive in the Premier League this term, but according to the Shields Gazette, the players "wanted a bonus sheet more in line with those signed off at rival clubs".

The newspaper claims that "the behind-the-scenes row was threatening to impact dressing room morale at the club", prompting Lascelles to take the matter into his own hands and broker a new deal with Ashley late last week.

As a result of the discussions, the squad will now share a pot of £4m if they finish in 17th place, with a further £1m for every place higher up the table that they finish. In addition, Ashley is said to have offered a bonus of £20m if the club win the FA Cup for the first time since 1955.

Last season's 17th-placed side earned £7.9m as a league merit payment, with each position higher netting an additional £1.9m.

After a slow start to the season, Rafael Benitez's side have now won their last two games in a row and sit 10th in the early standings.

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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