Newcastle United have registered their interest in Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who has previously caught the attention of Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool.
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Newcastle Reportedly Planning Another Attempt to Land Lacazette
Monday, Jan. 25
Luke Edwards of the Telegraph reported that there "have been some encouraging noises coming from the Lacazette camps in recent days and that he is now far more receptive to the idea of joining [Newcastle]."
On Jan. 6, L’Equipe (h/t Lee Ryder of the Chronicle) reported that the Magpies offered a whopping £19 million for the striker, who has been in disappointing form this term.
Lacazette Confirms Interest in Premier League Move
Friday, Jan. 15
"Yes, I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player,” Lacazette told Jason Burt of the Telegraph. "But I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there."
"So I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also," he continued. "There is no formal agreement that I will go but the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] knows that it’s a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season."
Lacazette Comments on Newcastle Offer
Monday, Jan. 11
"I am at Lyon, I want to do a good second half of the season, so for me a departure is not on the agenda," Lacazette said, per TalkSport, adding:
"It is my agent, David Venditelli, who deals with that. He knows very well that I do not want to leave, so he rejected the offer."
Lacazette's Reputation Still Strong Despite Average Season
It’d be an almighty surprise if Newcastle were to lure Lacazette. Despite failing to find his golden touch this term, he is rated by many as one of European football’s most exciting young forwards. Last season he almost inspired Lyon to an unexpected title tilt.
This year the team have struggled to match those heights, and while Lacazette is missing the influence of Lyon’s creator-in-chief Nabil Fekir, he’s not done enough at the point of the attack.
In the 2014-15 term, the France international netted an impressive 27 goals from 33 appearances, whereas this season he netted only six from 15 prior to Christmas.
With more money in English football than ever, Newcastle, despite languishing in the lower reaches of the table, can put together a financial package that could potentially lure players of Lacazette’s calibre to the club.
But should Lyon decide to cash in, whether in January or in the summer, there’ll likely be more illustrious outfits ready to take a punt on the exciting striker.