NEWCASTLE UNITED have turned down a bid from West Ham United for their skipper Jamaal Lascelles.

The Hammers’ offer is understood to have been £20m up front, with the price potentially rising to £25m if a number of clauses were met.

However, Newcastle officials have rejected the approach, with senior club sources insisting there is no intention to sell Lascelles this summer.

The centre-half has developed into one of the Magpies’ most important players under Rafael Benitez, and has been club captain for the last two seasons.

He has been the subject of considerable interest in the last few months, with Everton also having been heavily linked with a possible approach.

West Ham are the first club to have tabled an offer, and it remains to be seen whether they return with an improved bid in the next few days, having already signed former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere this week.

Newcastle are expected to complete their third summer signing later today, with Kenedy having agreed to a second loan deal from Chelsea.