Bidding Begins – Another Long Saga For Newcastle?


Reports over the weekend in France suggested that Lyon are willing to sell their 23 year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette, who the local papers in Newcastle are suggesting is one of Newcastle’s top striker targets this summer, along with Hertha Berlin’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

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Alexandre Lacazette – Newcastle’s top striker target

But as usual Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas is only willing to let his striker leave the club if he gets top dollar for the promising young player.

Newcastle are supposed to have started the negotiations for Lacazette with Lyon, and that’s consistent with local reports late last week that Newcastle will make an increased effort to sign players this week – before pre-season training starts at the end of the week.

And we all know what the problem with Newcastle is.

If Aulus wants £10M for his striker, which is around the amount he would sell for, Newcastle will go in with an initial bid of £4M or £5M – or if they are really ambitious and throw caution to the winds (as they say) – we may even bid £6M.

And Aulas will be (very) disappointed with that initial bid and will probably come out and say something to the French press, much like Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin has done over the last 18 months – ever since we went in for defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

If Newcastle want to get their targets through the door on Tyneside, and quickly, so the players can play in pre-season, we need to loosen the purse strings and put in a decent first bid for the target.

But whether we will ever do that with Mike Ashley owning the club becomes a very good question.

What do you think?

Written from Ipswich, England.



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8 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley open the purse strings? There is more chance of him opening a vein. Now threes an idea!

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Just another young promising player who will end up elsewhere due to derisory offers and penny pinching.

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  • Blofal

    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I rate Lacazette a better buy than Grenier or Cabella. He really is a gun this kid. I hope we get him.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #4

    anyone know what his record is so far, not that it matters to us….

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
    Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
    Lyon 2009–10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
    2010–11 9 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 11 2 4
    2011–12 29 5 2 8 4 1 6 1 3 43 10 6
    2012–13 31 3 3 1 0 3 5 1 3 37 4 9
    2013–14 32 15 3 5 4 1 10 2 3 46 23 7
    Total 102 24 11 13 8 5 22 5 11 135 38 28
    Career total 102 24 11 13 8 5 22 5 11 135 38 28

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  • lesh

    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Penny pinching will cost us again. Surely it must occur to Ashley that the sooner we get players in, there’s an increased chance that they’ll be needed in for the start of the season and we’ll get the points on the board rather than playing at catch up.

    Ashley’s judgement appears to be clouded by his thrift!

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  • ethiotoon

    Jun 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #7

    blofal
    I don’t think lacazatte is a better buy than Grenier,and hope this time no more bla blas to land our targets. if we get Grenier,its like signing zidane from RM.who is this lassoga Guy,?by the way?should we sign him?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 30, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Lacazette

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