Newcastle United are expected to officially announce the signings of Nottingham Forest pair Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles in the next 24 hours. Both players have had medicals in Newcastle and are set to sign long-term deals at St James’ Park.

Centre-back Lascelles and goalkeeper Darlow will be loaned back to the Championship side for the upcoming season as part of the deal, which has cost Newcastle a reported £7m.

Forest manager and former Newcastle player Stuart Pearce has been critical of the sale and has revealed that he was not in favour of selling the duo but the deal was pushed through by chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi.

However it happened, it is fantastic news for the Geordies who are getting two of England’s most promising young players for a great price. 20-year-old Lascelles has been linked with almost every top flight club over the course of the last three years and was even the subject of a “tapping up” case, which ended in Everton being forced to pay Forest £45,000 compensation.

Lascelles came through the youth ranks at Forest and made his first-team debut in 2012. A three-month loan to Stevenage brought him his first professional goal and he has been a regular at the City Ground ever since.

Darlow, 23, broke into Forest’s first-team after being released by Aston Villa as a teenager. Loan spells at Newport County and Walsall got him first-team experience before Billy Davies recalled him when first-choice keeper Lee Camp was given a free transfer. Darlow has been number one ever since and has made over 60 appearances for the Reds.

The latest signings take Newcastle’s total of new players this summer to nine and there could still be room for one more, with another striker still being searched for.