No Newcastle Bid Yet For This Top Striker Target


Newcastle seem to have put in bids for two of their striker targets – 22 year-old Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga,  and long term target 28 tear-old Bafe Gomis – who is a free agent early next month.

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Alexandre Lacazette – no bid from Newcastle

Another striker Newcastle have been interested in for some time is young French striker Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, but it doesn’t appear we have lodged a bid for him – at least not yet.

This is what Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas told the French press over the weekend:

“Offers for Alex? I don’t know.” “I met with him to discuss a possible extension of his contract which would see his salary increased.”

“At this stage, it’s not expected that he will leave the club.”

Aulas is not unlike Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin, and they both want to drive up the price of their players – that’s part of their job – to get the best money they can when they sell their players – so you have to take what they say with a sizable pinch of salt.

But Newcastle may have to pay out £10M to get Alexandre Lacazette, and that could be  a problem, because at least in the recent past we haven’t been willing to pay out that kind of money for any player.

Alexandre scored 23 goals in 46 appearances for Lyon and also had seven assists -m which is a good record for the 23 year-old..

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113 comments so far

  • estechco

    Jun 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    I know you can’t trust very much of what you read, but…

    Why do our key personnel always seem to take their holidays in the run up to or during the transfer window!?!

    Would early September not make significantly more sense?

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  • BenbulbenMag

    Jun 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Definitely, the first think Kinnear did when he was appointed was to take a holiday!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    “Offers for Alex? I don’t know.”

    Bit of an odd answer. There either have or haven’t been bids, and as Chairman and the man who would sign off on amy deal, you would think he would know one way or the other.

    Maybe preliminary discussions have been going on, but no formal offer?? (Not necessarily with us mind)

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Slank, yes, I understand that as well. That it is off topic for them. So in the name of ‘professionalism’ maybe he shouldn’t have.

    With all the money flying about there now, it’s hard for it not to be directly related and commented upon.

    Once again, the poor man is left unheard.

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  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    No bids? So wtf have we been doing in the last few weeks? Pathetic!

    And as a further sign of ambition, it looks as though Ronald Koeman’s about to join Southampton as Manager.

    Ah well, that makes them an even bigger club now, another one to chase

    But, phew, we’ve managed to fight off any interest in Pardew!!

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    if no1 speaks how will any1 know the truth

    watch the pictures coming out of brazil mot would think its all sandy beaches and nice hotels and party atmosphere
    the truth is there are slums drug problems and high rates of gun crime most of it swept under the table while the worlds press is there

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    lesh

    when Ed said “no bids” I believe that he was referring to Lacazette and the no bids comment wasn’t meant generally but just for that one player !!!!

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    We have many problems of our own yet were we delighted to stage the olympics, in all honesty every country in the world has some issues which require money which the respective governments won’t or can’t give so does that mean that all international sporting events should not take place ?

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    too many do-gooders !!!!

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    sad if the arfa news is true…. pardew needs to fk off the man has done nothng but still given chance dan any of our players given

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    out of the strikers linked i’d go for :

    pea (but “if” chelsea are in for him we have no chance)
    lacazette (worth the risk i think and would be a transfer that could be for 3 seasons and not hit it off straight away)
    gomis (short term straight into the squad player but he’s the one i’d say is suited)
    lassoga (the most unsure of all tbh looks like a championship striker by the way he plays and not convinced he will be a hit in the prem but i do hope i’m wrong if he does sign)

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  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Spoof, you’re most likely right and we have probably tabled silly offers – wasting time, money and further denigrating any credibility Newcastle United had.

    Lil you’re spot on about HBA’s talents suppressed by his personal demons. As you say though, the genius we’ve been luck to witness does offer a little comfort.

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  • ethiotoon

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    I think deserves that 10m.so as Grenier. go 15m for Clement and we land him,no doubt ..if we sign those three French stars,Grenier, cabella, & lacazatte ..we r in a dream land.think about the future guys,Newcastle officials if u read this…
    we won’t get this type of opportunity to sign this youngesters again next season,we should spend big now b/c we have the money and this is the time and they r wonderful players.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    After exclusive reports from BeIN Sports last night, Get French Football News understands that the club that Newcastle United attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is in with is Lekhwiya. The club, who are on the verge of agreeing a deal to take Michael Laudrup on as manager, are in advanced talks with Ben Arfa, who absolutely wants to leave Newcastle after receiving poor treatment from the staff, especially Alan Pardew, according to a source close to the player.

    Fee negotiations have begun between the two clubs and Ben Arfa is close to agreeing personal terms

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    on arfa

    i dont blame pards or the club or coaching ect its his own attitude and the way he approaches the game with him trying to do everything himself and his moods.

    he’s a talent that could be one of the greats but he cant get into an under avg nufc team not because he’s not good enough but because he’s greedy and gives up when things dont go his way leaving us with effectively 10men.

    i’d still keep him though tbh as i cant help but hope he will realise and once the pressures off with a bit more quality around him maybe he will realise he doesnt have to do it all himself and become more like sterling.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17

    croftus

    I would agree with that and if given the choice Lasoggo or Gomis as a target man then I would go for Gomis, and as a secondary striker I would go for PEA ahead of Lacazette, however if we ended up with Lasoggo and Lacazette then I would still not complain as they would be more than what I expect, I just hope the two who we sign if we sign two are not Lasoggo and Gomis as they are similar types of player and I feel it would be better to have a variation.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Spoof
    The daft thing is mate we could have Aubameyang and Lacazette for roughly what we got for cabs, Costing Nufc nothing.
    Why would we be offering Gomis a massive signing on fee just to sit him on the bench is my worry. I pray to god he aint gonna be our No1 forward next season

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Worshipped by a howling, baying, white hot, capacity crowd of……. wait for it…….. 9000.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    croftus5678

    i blame pardew for everytng… the twat wants him to defend aswell… jst like he screwd jonas he did the same with arfa an now soon gufo to follow

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21

    i’d go

    ——————krull——————-
    ———–colo——-willo————
    debs——————————sant
    ———–tiote—-colback———–
    —————-sisso——————-
    ——arfa—————perez———
    —————gomis——————-

    let debs and sant do our wing play.
    tiote and colback to help out our cb’s and break up anything in midfield.
    sissoko used as box to box that joins up attack and can break up play from higher up the pitch.
    arfa and perez as light frame but speedy and skillfull players that can hit on the break and can support and get in the box at every oppertunity.
    and gomis as the brute to bully the front line.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #22

    watch out wen our new singng turn out to be crap an play out of pos under pardew.. feel sory for any talented players comeng hea tryn to improve

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Pardew certainly has his faults but I do find it incredibly short sighted by those who blame him for Ben Arfa’s failings when Ben Arfa has failed all his career for every manager who he has played under, for the exact same reasons as to why he has failed for us, his attitude and his selfishness has always blighted his career and this cannot be blamed on anyone apart from himself, every manager he has had has tried to correct this problem of his but they have all failed, at times some people just cannot be helped and Hatem Ben Arfa is sadly one of those people, a flawed genius.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24

    Croftus
    If we were only to sign Gomis-Ginger-Perez then I think this would be a very poor window mate.
    I hope we have better players coming in this window than these 3

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #25

    watched Messi spend 90 minutes attempting to wind his way through the Bosnian defence and lose the ball many times. In the end it pays off and he scores a decent goal which is already hailed as ‘amazing’. Thing is, the Argentina team like Barca, are set up to accommodate the profligacy of his attacking threat.

    I am of the opinion that the coaching staff and Pardew ARE to blame for their inability to set up a defensive unit of any sort never mind one that could be built around a real threat from the frontof midfield. Instead they buy in, chew up, then spit out good young players. You watch and see if they dont continue to fudge about with good defensive players and coach the usefulness out of them with their crap positional ideas.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    jazzyp

    obviously that would be very good business, but I doubt it would be good enough for Ashley as I fear that he would be expecting some change from the Cabaye money, I don’t want to upset you but there doesn’t seem to be a long list of clubs lining up to give Gomis the wage he wants so he may be forced to re- evaluate his demands which would bring him into Ashley’s radar, he semms the most likely signing to me and with Gouffran who can play as a striker and with Armstrong and now Perez I would not be surprised if Pardew is told to make do with that lot.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #27

    @17 spoof

    yep agree

    @20 jamsha

    you have a fair point and imo players should be able to do there defensive duty’s to help the team and want to do them also not be told to do them ! but like you said guti used to be good going forward then (i’m guessing) pards asked him to put more defensive effort in and he went to pot upfront from that point (odd few games an exeption to be fair to him) and goofy i think is doing way too much defensive work like he has defence as his first priority which really does make him look bad when he’s a very good offensive player when in attack as we have seen.

    i cant say same for arfa though as its mostly when he’s attacking i have the problem with his attitude and teamwork not defensively apart from when he loses the ball and just gives up (which tbf pards has improved him)

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki

    ok for arguments sake we do accept that Ben Arfa has failed due to Pardew, but could you please explain why he has also failed with every other manager who he has played for as that cannot possibly be the fault of Pardew can it ?

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  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #29

    I see we’re linked with zwolle’s ryan thomas

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Spoof
    If that was to be the case pal than I see us only heading in one direction. Personally am still hoping on bigger and better targets being brought on board this summer.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorry spoof but short sighted could apply to your reasoning why HBA has failed at NUFC. you havent even attempted to address the many factors involved in the team tactics, positioning and shape employed by Team Pards, pointing out Ben Arfa’s supposed self-destructive personality traits is selcetive because very few players of talent, in fact very few players have no ‘personality’ because it takes that kind of ego to push that bit further. Managers agree that many players need to be ‘handled’ correctly to nurture, not choke, the talent they have. And ‘ALL’ his career? you make him sound like an old man who is set in his ways, when he is actually still a young and teachable player. He’s by no means the perfect article, and his attitude may have ruffled some feathers, but there are far bigger gits out there that get more latitude, cause more off-field problems but are still steered to being great asssets for their teams.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #32

    @24 jazzyp

    imo if we signed those 3 we would be stood still from the overall position of last season cos i have to believe cisse will have a lot better form than he did last.

    but ofc we havent signed gomis yet dont forget lol so things could be worse then we expect come start of season and we could be forced to pick out of perez/cisse/goofy/campbell/armstrong.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #33

    jazzyp

    I hope your not disappointed m8 I really do but all I see is this constant low balling offers policy which never succeed and as a result we will lose out on all of them, it doesn’t matter how much a player wants to join us, if another club offers a bigger transfer fee then we will not be signing him.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki

    Sadly at times you just have to accept that some are as I said just a flawed genius.

    What you say about how to handle players and how to set a side up to get the best out of them is 100% correct, but seriously m8 if every manager has failed, and lets be realistic here, you may feel that Pardew hasn’t tried enough but do you seriously feel that all his other managers have also failed as Pardew has, if you wish to blame Pardew for Carlos Tevez then fine that would be a good case as Tevez done great under other managers but not Ben Arfa, he has never done well under any manager, sorry m8 but I seriously believe you are blaming the wrong guy here, if he does move on and does fulfill his potential then I will admit to being wrong, but I doubt that that will happen !

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  • Siremre5

    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #35

    Sky Sports understands that Newcastle United are hoping to agree a deal for Hertha Berlin forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga this week, but their attempts to sign Bafetimbi Gomis have again hit the buffers over the player’s wage demands.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Spoof
    I agree with this offering stupid money for players isn’t doing us any favour’s. But even Ashley’s not that daft to realise we can keep surviving on scraps before we end up down in the championship.
    Its looking favourite that Benny’s gone. So to for Mym. That’s 8 players gone from the start of last season till present, never mind who else we could potentially lose as well. Mashley no matter what, isn’t going to want to go down that route again so therefore is going to have to spend !!

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  • Spoof

    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #37

    jazzyp

    I agree that Ashley would not want us to go down but think back to 2 years ago, we and Pardew were desperate for some signings as we had the Europa league fixtures to contend with but Ashley thought that we could get bye with what we had, it nearly cost him, so now after easily avoiding relegation with only one first choice player ( Cabaye ) being lost then he possibly feels that we will still have enough to stay up, who’s to say that Ashley is looking at Shola, MYM, Gosling and HBA as being simply just squad players and with Raylor being back and getting Colback and Perez then some of the squad players have been replaced, we can’t know for sure that that isn’t what he is thinking, scary if it is but it would not surprise me, not a tiny little bit.

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  • Slank

    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #38

    I don’t blame the club.

    Before Ben Arfa came to us he was seen, especially in France, as the l’enfant terrible of French football and such was his poor reputation that very few, if any, clubs would touch him.

    He seemed to have settled down and matured under Pardew’s guidance but something changed last season for which we don’t know. Rumours that all was not well especially his relationship with his fellow team mates and in particular the French contingent would appear to have an element of truth in it especially after recent comments from current French international players. Smoke and Fires?

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Slank
    I don’t think it was just last season mate. the season before I noticed how he seamed to lack match fitness, His weight had ballooned, and he just didn’t seem bothered.
    I hear people say that teams accommodate such talent in there sides, But unfortunately were not a Barcelona or a Real Madrid.
    We need 11 players on the pitch at all times that are committed to the cause and not just for there own agenda. I agree with everyone that he is a massive talent, but how many chances to we give him and how many seasons do we put up with him not showing up for games. Same goes for Cisse………again how long do nufc put up with a player that waltzes round the pitch as if he couldn’t give a flying toss

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #40

    I think we all missed Bettys post abt Ashley selling up in 2 weeks…
    (Ben-Arfa benzema thread)

    Anyways…on BenArfa..With a midfield of Tiote Anita Gosling Gouffran and then cisse shola…where the hell should he pass…will the pass make a difference…(sissoko out)..He has to either take a chance and try to take ppl on …or be safe,keep Pardew happy and make the short pass, resulting in a lob for shola to miscontrol or cisse to be offside…

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