Top English Clubs Chase Newcastle Target


There was news earlier this week that Liverpool have joined the clubs who are said to be targeting Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in the summer, and Newcastle have been strongly linked with this striker continually this year.

Alexandre-Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette – top Newcastle striker target

Alexandre is having a good season at Lyon, and in 51 total appearances in all competitions this season, he has 22 goals and 8 assists.

The 22-year-old had previously been watched by Newcastle, Arsenal and Juventus, but now it seems Liverpool have also joined the race for the striker, and it’s almost certain those three other clubs will be able to offer the youngster Champions League football next season.

Lyon would like to keep their striker for at least one more year, but at the moment they are in 5th place and 9 points behind Lyon in 3rd place in the French League, and a place in the Champions league next season.

So it could well be they will need to sell their striker to keep their financial situation stable.

Newcastle seem to have some decent targets lined up for the summer transfer window, but we just cannot compete with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, and we suppose the only advantage we can offer is that the striker would be a regular starter at Newcastle, and that may count for something – we hope.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool have multiple striker targets, and for example one striker target for the Gunners is Loic Remy, and there was news a couple of days ago that the deal to sign him could be close.

The unfortunate thing is that he’s certainly not staying permanently at Newcastle.

Alexandre turns 23 later this month, and he has two years left on his Lyon contract, and he could cost around £10M, but that would be decent deal for Newcastle, since the lad is already a good player,  and would only improve with regular first team games at Newcastle.

But with some top clubs becoming interested in the player, if they do go after the 22 year-old, Newcastle will need to look at the next on their list, because he will not be coming to Newcastle  – unfortunate as that may be.

What do you think?

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192 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    May 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Get Joe kinnear on the phone with B Rodgers.

    Stop pursuing Lacazawett or we will beat yous on the last game!!

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  • Graeme

    May 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    If he’s on the steps at SJP, in a Black & White shirt, it becomes believable.

    Until that point, he’s simply one of hundreds we are said to be interested in. I’ll believe it when I see it!!

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh boy…will the walkout happen or not…

    Finally some excitement on matchday…
    Something to watch…

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  • Graeme

    May 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, NUFC can in fact compete with anyone for good players – they simply choose not too. They hide behind a variety of excuses, but that is what they are – excuses; just like the excuse of an owner we have, just like the excuse of a manager we have.

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  • mindshaft

    May 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    No chance if a top four club comes in for a player we’re after?
    Well according to P45DUE we can’t compete with Swansea , Southampton, Everton, Spurs or anyone else in the top half of the table which leaves us fighting it out with Hull, Crystal Palace, Villa, West Brom, West Ham and Scumberland for any leftover players

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  • mindshaft

    May 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #6

    The will they / won’t they walkout will definitely be the most exciting moment of the match on Saturday

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  • Ciaran

    May 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    What I see as a massive positive, regardless of the timing of the walkout, is that the media are now putting intense scrutiny on NUFC.

    Talks of walkouts has ramped up the pressure on the club, which is why Pardew is so desperately calling for the fans to stay.

    Let’s set aside these relatively minor issues and focus on the fact that we’re all on the same side here.

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  • mindshaft

    May 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    no doubt we’ll have a few hundred people walking out but spread around the ground which will hardly be noticeable although am sure the cameras will pick it up to laugh at the ‘mass protest’

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Ciaran
    I think the reason NUST are taking a but of flak over this is because rather than support a protest that was already in place they have created a new identical one 9 minutes later for no reason at all!

    Your right it shouldn’t matter if fans walk out on the 60th or the 69th minute but sadly it does
    We’re supposed to be making a United front against the way the club is being run
    Instead it looks like there’s already a divide before the action has even taken place!

    I’m sure NUST have there reason for wanting there own time but for a group that relies on media coverage and the fans to really spread the message, i think they should of thought about how the statement of moving there walk out back 9 minutes can be used in the media

    It makes the fans look fractured and like all these groups are working against each other and now as a direct result they are getting hammered on social media and the local media potentially undoing all the hard work they have already done
    I appreciate your a member on the board and praise you for efforts for change, but imo it’s a fumble from the NUST and for people from the outside looking in it makes it all look a bit of a shambles

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  • Ciaran

    May 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Tads

    The issue is that the 60 minute walkout, while gathering pace on the internet, had no focal point, no group championing it per se.

    Regardless what people think of NUST, by providing a vehicle which to set the protest on, there is legitimacy that comes along with that.

    I respect that there can be negative views on the manner in which was done, but the overriding point is that fans are willing to do something, and NUST are willing to back them in doing so.

    If 52,000 walkout on 60 minutes, NUST will be supportive of that. To me the time doesn’t matter, nor should it matter, what matters is that the fans do something, do anything.

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  • Graeme

    May 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #11

    TADS, Agreed, it should have been co-ordinated for maximum impact – now it appears to be fractured, for no obvious reason at all.

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  • Macas

    May 2, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Ciaran – So why did NUST hijack the walkout? There was no need whatsoever, especially so close to the game

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  • wolfshead@toon

    May 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    a walkout on the 60th minute yeh right fenwicks window job 🙂

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  • JackButler

    May 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Ciaran

    It simply looks like any protest is fractured before it’s even taken place and that the fans cannot organise their own stand against Ashley and Pardew.

    There was no logic in changing the time and the only agenda here should be people taking a stand TOGETHER and not two separate groups calling for different things

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  • guvnor

    May 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Walking out after 69 minutes after paying for a ticket – real smart, especially if we’re winning…. DOH!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Right people, new protest. No one enter the ground for KO, you can only come in after 70 minutes.

    Got it? Good. That’ll show everyone.

    Joking aside, yes it would be better if everyone was on the same page, but the point and message is still the same. Let’s not let the search for perfection ruin the work that has been done.

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  • Ciaran

    May 2, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Actually, if people have been following the #60minutewalkout on Twitter, you’ll realise that it was already fractured as it stood. Some people thought they were supposed to leave at 4pm – 60 minutes after kickoff, while some people thought they had to leave on the 60th minute of the match – which is 4.15pm.

    This type of fracturing and lack of clarity can sometimes occur when organic protests are sprung from Twitter, and while the passion is in the right place, sometimes direction and clarity is needed.

    NUST have afforded that level of clarity in my view. People can still leave at whatever time they choose, but I don’t think it is as negative as some people make out, and certainly not a ‘hijacking’

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Why do some people think that if we’re winning and people walk out the message will be lost or not effective?

    It’s not simply about results or this one game, is it?

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  • toonking

    May 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    having thought about it i can see pardew becoming sacked for sure this summer for one reason and one reason only, ashley getting the chance to avoid spending money.

    if pardew was still manager next season ashley would know that he has got to spend money this summer because this run we have had since january has been telling him we are a very weak squad at the minute so desperately need players.

    the thing is fans are making it sound like the players aren’t the problem at all it’s actually the manager who has caused all this.
    so what i think is going to happen is pardew gets the sack, we bring a new manager in moyse maybe, then we will see a much less active transfer window and instead see all this team getting new contracts.
    so be warned people that pardew getting the sack could be a disaster waiting to happen.

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  • Graeme

    May 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Ciaren, The protest at 60 minutes had been “Out There” for quite a while and as you say, gathering momentum.

    If NUST had wanted to “Champion” the cause, they should have simply added their voice and backing to make sure maximum support and impact was achieved.

    I think NUST have not helped the cause whatsoever in promoting our contempt and disgust with the regime. They have missed a big chance there.

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  • bobby mango

    May 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #21

    If any other prem clubs are interested we have no chance.

    See villa linked with Hernandez, Holtby and Lescott. Man I’d love ANY of those 3 at Nufc. Would instantly improve the first team.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Ciaran

    Like i said I’m a big supporter of NUST
    Fair enough if they felt there was no mission statement but perhaps then they could of offered guidance?

    I don’t know mate, I’m trying to take the shine off what is happening if will be great to see a positive action
    The point I’m simply trying to make is that we know the club love a bit of spin
    If we really want to put the club under severe pressure there needs to be one clear message, a few separate protest make it look like the fans have no real direction or idea so how can they demand from the club?

    Like i said, they’ve done great work and i’d hate to see it all undone because these groups, all the groups – not singling NUST out, have some more communication as to the direction we’d like to see the club take
    I thought that’s what T4C were doing are they still heavily active?

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  • JackButler

    May 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Ciaran

    the reaction on social media to the NUST intervention has been largely negative with people questioning their agenda in changing the time on an already agreed and understood time.

    It may be a small point but it’s a small point that shows we are not United

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  • wolfshead@toon

    May 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    king

    im not sure but i think moyes used to get more than 6 players in two years so he would want some money to spend otherwise if he fails we get the old i inherited a poor team routine

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #25

    artful

    walkout = most excitement all season lol !!

    Ok you’re Lacazette who you’re going to sign for?

    1) Rodgers who will develop you a la Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho, Sterling etc and give you CL or Pardew who couldn’t develop a cold and couldn’t even offer you EL. Hmmm….difficult one.

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    May 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    I have it on good authority the origin of the “…piss up in a brewery…” line can be traced back to a Geordie brewer.

    MA must wake up in fits of giggles each morning. Hopeless people.

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  • 70TWO

    May 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Whether you are going to the stadium or not, going to walk out before the end or not, you should be in support of fans attempting to show unity in action. The main consequence should be that Ashley reacts to the consensus of fans opinions and moves Pardew out of the club.

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  • monasnyr99

    May 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #28

    There’s no chance there will be enough people walking out on the 60th minute to make any difference. It’s going to be embarrassing and the local/national journalists are going to have a field day, again. In my opinion the support of the walkout is all going to depend on the game, whether it’s a few hundred or a couple of thousand, and Ashley will be p***ing himself laughing at it all.

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  • Ciaran

    May 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #29

    I just thought I’d come and give my 2 pence on the issue. It could have been handled better, granted, but we have what we have. I will personally like to see fans walkout at whatever time they choose, some action is better than none.

    I don’t see it as a missed opportunity, or a damage to the reputation of NUST because they are not a protest group, our M.O is to buy a stake in the club, but we will lend our voice for the fans when need be.

    If it fails, no doubt people will look to blame NUST, however, people would have been blaming NUST if they didn’t get involved (damned if they do, damned if they don’t) so it will roll right off our backs.

    Feel free to slate NUST if you wish, we will not stop trying to do what is right for the long term future of the club. The main point being ‘long term’ – walkouts, protests et al are transient issues, and no doubt, with this lot at the helm there will be plenty more reason to protest in the future.

    Anyone going to the game, make your voice heard and vote with your feet on the 60th minute….or is it the 69th minute…maybe it’s the 89th minute? 😉

    Do something. Do anything! I’m off folks! 😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #30

    If I had Krul, Colo, Debuchy, Ben Arfa, Remy, Santon, Haidara, Anita, Tiote, Marveaux, Cisse, Jonas, Obertan, Armstrong etc I don’t think I would have thrown the towel in in January!!

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  • JackButler

    May 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Ciaran

    I hope it works perfectly as we all want the same thing 😀

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  • JackButler

    May 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Rotonda heights

    It seems we were a one man team………………….and that man buggered off back to France in January 🙁

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    May 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #33

    There are parallels between NUFC supporters ineptitude in organising a protest for the common fan and lack of a coherent hard left political party in the UK. A few splinter groups that have splintered themselves, each insisting, uncompromisingly, their way is the best, until their messages become lost in the rabble and dissipate, all because each want to be seen as the saviours, the establishment cackling scornfully.

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    May 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #34

    I’d like everyone to stay and tear Pardew limb from limb, if they dare to do a lap of honour.

    What will happen is, we’ll score a crummy goal around 55mins to go 1-0 ahead after a drab performance and everyone will remain in the stadium, with very little in the way of animosity being aired.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    May 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #35

    its a pointless exercise even if it did happen once people come through the gates hes got the money anyway
    the only time fatty loses sleep is if theres relagation danger

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #36

    MIC
    I’m very intrigued as to if Pardew has the balls to stick around for the lap of honour this season, didn’t he bolt down the tunnel last season?

    Be interesting to see the fan reaction to the players this time round, last season was poor, but at least there was effort and commitment, neither have been shown this season

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Isee Manu are getting Van galla and kluivert. If only we had the wit and imagination to get De Boer and Bergkamp.

    I have to say a potential list of Bruce, Mackay, Pulis and Moyes doesn’t exactly get the pulses racing one little bit.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #38

    tads

    no lap of honour this season

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Rotonda
    Really?

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Tads…I think Pardew said there would be no lap of honour, but they will come out to the centre circle to thank the fans.

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