Newcastle have begun talks with their defender Jamaal Lascelles for a new improved deal, according to the Chronicle.
The newspaper claim that the Magpies have opened discussions with the 23-year-old about extending his existing deal, which is currrently set to expire in 2020.
It is understood that Rafael Benitez has been impressed with his captain during the past 12 months and the club want him to lead them forward to the next level.
Lascelles is a powerhouse defender that has become a popular player at St James’ Park and helped Newcastle record a 1-0 win over Swansea on Sunday.
The Englishman scored the winning goal for his side and also made a goal-line clearance from Tammy Abraham.
The report details that Lascelles is currently on the radar for England and that national team manager Gareth Southgate watched him in a recent win over West Ham.