Everton Fined For Lascelles Approach

Now 20, the defender was under a scholarship agreement at Nottingham Forest at the time.

The FA added in their statement: "Andy Niedzwiecki, the football agent who was representing Mr Lascelles at the time, has been fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting his part in the matter.

"Jamaal Lascelles, who also admitted his part in the affair, has been severely warned as to his future conduct. The time-frame for any appeal has passed."

Clearly the FA have found sufficient evidence to discipline Everton in this way but fast forward to January 2013 and where does the line get drawn in how approaches are made to players?

Lascelles' name has been used in newspaper headlines throughout the month, linking him with Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle among others. Nobody ever makes an official complaint about these stories so presumably it suits all parties for them to come out (including the Reds when their interest in a player is made known)?

Meanwhile, in confirmed transfer news, former Forest loanee Billy Sharp has returned to the Championship with a move to join former club Doncaster Rovers on loan from Southampton for the remainder of the season.