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.
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..