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Newcastle Need Bolder Approach To Get Top Strikers In

8:30 am, Friday, June 13th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

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.

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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

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Jun 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Nutmeg,
    Can’t disagree with much in what you said there.

    Repost:
    Shelvey overrated. Slowed Liverpool down, Swansea’s slide coincides with his arrival. Pass.

    The Montpellier boss implies no more than Fergie did with his wee club comment. He implies we are a small club is all. And he has the Mbiwa example to show it’s not an ideal move. HBA would probably second that :(
    http://www.squawka.com/news/newcastle-dont-make-me-laugh/78219

    28cyprus // Jun 13, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    We need pace in this team. In back we are ok, believe it or not, in fact better than we’ve ever been, despite the regular thumping. We have the best RB in the league, the new Maldini, Haidara, the ex captain of Montpellier, Colo, Good and even our player of the year :) and a chest thumper.

    The reason we concede so many goals is because we are constantly on the back foot, contrary to what AP says.

    Soooo, urgent signings? A tricky pacy winger or two, a CF or two and an attacking creative MF.

  • 2 cyprus // Jun 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    My biggest concern is AP. To his immense credit he says he is learning. But, does he have the ability?

  • 3 FAU // Jun 13, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    when i watch french trash jamaico, im become more sure sissoko is a great and very balanced central mid. So we need wingers, eventhough he gave alot of decent runs, still he is not a natural winger. and hardworking colback will also fill the central of our beloved nufc. So

    Lacazette and winger signings < central mid signings(cabella,grenier)

  • 4 BuckLuck // Jun 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    cyprus

    I don’t think Pardew has the ability. When he went from hoofball to a passing style at the beginning of the season he couldn’t balance it at all.

    I think that IF Ashley miraculously decides to evolve Newcastle Pardew will be the first one out. He is without doubt our weakest link, and sacking him would be the best investment Newcastle has done in 10 years.

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 13, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Great idea. Sign Colback; sell Ben Arfa. Why didn’t I think of it first?

  • 6 nut meg // Jun 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    The Shields Gazette …….. Don’t we know it!
    WILFRIED Bony’s agent says there’s no chance of Newcastle United signing the forward – because they aren’t ambitious enough.

    The Swansea City striker has been linked with a move to Newcastle this summer as they hunt for a new front line.

    Boss Alan Pardew is a big fan of the Ivory Coast international, who bagged 25 goals in his debut season in English football after his move from Dutch side Vitesse.

    Bony’s agent Dalibor Lacina, however, says there has been no contact with Newcastle – and that even if there was, he wouldn’t be joining them.

    And he says that the Magpies missed the boat last summer with Bony, as they didn’t think he was good enough for the Premier League.

    Lacina told the Gazette: “I spoke to Newcastle about Bony last summer. Newcastle should have bought Bony a year ago but they didn’t believe in him.

    “They could have signed him for £10m, but they said they weren’t sure if he was good enough, that he was only playing in Holland.

    “I know Wilfried. I brought him over from Africa and I know what he can do. I used to be a player and a coach myself.

    “I told them that he would score goals wherever he played but it was only (Swansea chairman) Huw Jenkins who took the risk.

    “Now he is worth £20m.

    “Newcastle is a traditional, fantastic club but they are always the same with transfers. I was in contact with them a couple of years ago over Tomas Ujfalusi, who played for Atletico and Fiorentina, but it was a similar story.”

    Bony has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, and Swansea are preparing themselves for life without their top scorer. They have already contacted FC Twente over signing Luc Castaignos as a replacement.

    Lacina insists the striker is happy at Swansea, but that if he does leave it will be to an ambitious club competing in Europe.

    “The next step for Bony is a top-six team in England or a top team in Germany, Spain or France, or he will stay with Swansea.

    “We have a certain strategy. Bony is in a totally different place to Newcastle and wants to move to a club with ambition.

    “We have had no contact with Newcastle.”

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  • 7 Shaker // Jun 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I don’t think Lyon is gonna sell their top players
    i think about 3 weeks ago Lyon President said
    that Lacazette & Grenier,
    something unrefusable has to be offered
    or we wont sign any of them !!!!

  • 8 Shaker // Jun 13, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    * said that Lacazette & Grenier ( will stay for next season )

    sorry i forgot :)

  • 9 lesh // Jun 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    So we were aiming to get our I comers signed up before the World Cup?

    Which World Cup I wonder.

    All this bull hit coincides with the drive to sell season tickets but it’s not worked this time – fans appear to have demonstrated that hype means nothing and actions that show some ambition’s required.

    Words mean nothing and The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ comes to mind.




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