There’s a report in the Chronicle today that one of Newcastle’s striker targets is still 23 year-old Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who had a decent season in the French league and scored 15 goals in 36 appearances.
Alexandre Lacazette - in France’s colors
In all of his 54 games played in all competitions last term, he scored a decent 22 goals, and of course he partnered one of Newcastle’s other long term striker targets 28 year-old Bafe Gomis.
The local paper is reporting over the last couple of days that he is only a back up, and that Newcastle want to bring in younger strikers like Lacazette – if they can do that.
There are other bigger clubs than Newcastle after Alexandre, and if we are to stand any chance of getting the twice capped French International to Tyneside, we will have to put in some decent bids for him, and he could cost as much as £10M, according to the Chronicle.
That’s bad news, because Newcastle usually put in a really low first bid, and then increase that just a little with a second bid, and that’s no way to get top players to the club.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – 22 year-old German striker
But it also doesn’t seem that Newcastle have put in a bid yet for Lacazette or one of our other young striker targets – German U21 International Pierre-Michel Lasogga – although contact by Newcastle may have been made with his Hertha Berlin club.
While it will be difficult, Newcastle will need to bring in some players during the World Cup, because pre-season training will start in about three weeks time, and it’s always best to have new players in early, so they can get a good pre-season at the club and be ready when the Premier League starts up again in August.
Newcastle still have a lot of work to do this summer to strengthen their squad – that’s for sure.