EDDIE HOWE will resist all attempts from Saudi Pro League side Al-Shabab to sign Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles.

While the domestic transfer deadline was last week, the Saudi Arabian transfer window does not close until Thursday.

Al-Shabab, who are one of the Pro League teams not co-owned by the Saudi PIF, who are the majority owners of Newcastle, are interested in a deal for Lascelles.

The Newcastle skipper has slipped down the pecking order at St James’ under Howe, but the Magpies are not in a position where they can consider losing a centre-half.

The club failed to recruit a new central defender during the summer, and have seen both Sven Botman and Fabian Schar suffer injury issues in the early weeks of the season.


Botman, whose comeback date remains uncertain, was forced to miss last weekend’s defeat at Brighton, while Schar suffered a knock in the game as he was partnered by Dan Burn at the heart of the back four.

As a result, while Lascelles' first-team opportunities are likely to remain fairly limited, Howe does not want to reduce his options even further by sanctioning the 29-year-old's departure to Saudi Arabia.

When asked about the potential of losing players to the Saudi top-flight last week, Howe said: "That (the Saudi Pro League transfer deadline) is not something I've really considered.

"Our squad is settled and I expect our squad to stay together because certainly we couldn’t afford to lose anybody."

Howe did allow one of his fringe players to depart earlier today, with out-of-favour midfielder Isaac Hayden agreeing a season-long loan deal with Belgian side Standard Liege.