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Newcastle Closing In On Deal For Alexandre Lacazette

7:07 am, Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

There was a statement on the Lyon web-site yesterday saying that defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons would not be moving away from the French club this summer, with the player himself saying he considered moving to Naples, but that he has now decided to stay at Lyon.

Alexandre-Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette – Newcastle negotiating deal?

New manager Hubert Fournier  has replaced Remi Garde and is trying to keep his best players at the club, which is hardly surprising, and he made a big deal out of the fact that Gonalons chose to stay:

“It is important to have players like Maxime as he represents the spirit of the club.” “This is a strong decision on his part. This is not a small club.”

Newcastle were negotiating last summer for the sale of Bafe Gomis and that long-running saga came to an end last week and we didn’t get him, and he signed on at Swansea.

Newcastle are currently interested in play-maker Clement Grenier and striker Alexandre Lacazette, and the new manager is holding talks with both players – but as long as no statement is issued by Lyon that they are staying, we have to assume some negotiations are ongoing for the players.

In fact a few days back there was news in France that Newcastle had entered into negotiations with Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas for striker Lacazette, who would probably cost close to £10M.

The 23 year-old was in France’s provisional side but didn’t make it to the final cut of 23, with Loic Remy being preferred instead.

A couple of advantages Newcastle could have as a club over other interested parties – is that the player would be a starter at Newcastle, and even though the Tyneside club get criticized for not being able to hold onto their top players, we have seen the likes of Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko all improve (very) quickly on Tyneside.

That could appeal to the young striker, and we have to believe Newcastle are trying to do a deal right now for Alexandre, and maybe even for Clement Grenier.

Newcastle want to do their deals in a stealthy manner – and we were successful in getting Siem d Jong tied up with little fanfare and under the radar screen – and all credit to Lee Charnley and Newcastle for doing that.

We hope we can now do that for Lacazette and maybe for Grenier too.

Here’s hoping.

It would be unbelievable if we can sign both these young French players.



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Where does it say that we are closing in on him? Dont believe it one bit

  • 2 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    I don’t think we are in for Grenier anymore
    signing him would mean 2 midfielders will
    sit on the bench
    we have Anita , Tiote , Colback who plays
    on the same position , maybe if they sold Tiote .

  • 3 cyprus // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Repost:
    Ed,
    you keep saying we’ll be ‘unloading’ HBA, a wording I don’t agree with in the first case! Do you have official information on this, that he is unwanted? Is it because he fell out with AP? Because I don’t think that guy has too much say in who comes and goes, although I may be wrong. Now, would MA want to sell him? Somehow I doubt it, unless someone would be willing to pay his worth which is 20 mil minimum.

    …Having said all this, it’s a shame we have managed to under-use and abuse a mercurial player of this calibre. We just don’t know how to handle this kind of gem. It’s like a Toyota Corolla typical owner suddenly winning the lottery and buying a Ferrari. Ferraris are notoriously unreliable, terrible for day to day driving and really high maintenance. But, use them at their best and they are incomparable. And everyone’s envy.

    So sell that Ferrari :(

    Despite replies I stand by the above…

    And, I don’t want to go in some kind of anti-Pards camp, but boy has he served some dross in the last few years. That’s not what NUFC are about. NUFC almost recklessly (sometimes literally, even disastrously) throw in 3 CF’s when they are down, bombarding the opposition until it submits. But they give it a right go. No, I’m sorry, I’d rather see a new manager than Cabella…

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Cyprus,
    It seems to be only you that thinks he isn’t for sale. It has been widely reported in the media he is, and that we have offered him to a number of French teams and allowed him to speak (he chose not to according to his agent) to a Qatari club. The simple fact is so far, other than Qatar nobody is interested in him. Also, the fact we are going into the last year on his contract and haven’t restarted contract talks since last November would point to him being available.

    Now we have had the debate on the pluses and minuses on HBA and I don’t want to get into that again, but Ed just reports what is about in the wider media, and the HBA sale is and has been for a while.

    I imagine once some of the clubs miss out on there preferred targets then we could see teams start to approach HBA, otherwise he will be here for another year and leave on a free.

  • 5 nut meg // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Cyprus

    Are you serious saying HBA is worth a minimum 20 M? It seems to be common knowledge that he’s for sale but so far nobody’s interested in him. IMHO anyone offering 5m & NUFC will take their hand off !

  • 6 cyprus // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Lil,
    I read you and I read your arguments in the past, with respect. Still, I disagree. I think another manager would have done much better with such a player. How have we accommodated his talents, making space for him to do his thing, using strength specific tactics? I would’ve used him as wor Messie!

    I may be wrong of course, he may be crap and unable to learn. I just can’t shake what I’ve seen him do. Messi would’ve been envious of his best of tape.

    If I were him, I’d be begging to go, in order to resurrect my career, so we agree there.

  • 7 kww // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    20 mill for benny who’s kidding themselves

    fair value is about 12 mil if he has a long term contract
    as it is, his contract is expiring next year so his value will be less than half of that around 5 to 6 mil, and yet no clubs seem to b bidding

    benny needs to at least perform WELL in at least 10 games per season in order to command 20 mil in today’s market
    that if he doesnt perform well hes mostly a passenger that needs to be carried by the rest of the team

  • 8 musomag // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Don’t get carried away with all this ‘we have to believe’ BS. Come on Ed, we have only ONE permanent senior signing in two transfer windows and seen our best players sold. Wishy-washy tatements like ‘All credit to Lee Charnley’ for getting SDJ signed in a stealthy manner are patronising and insulting. Over-gratitude is the effect of us being starved of signings for so long that we are expected to rejoice every time someone at the club appears to actually do their job. The fans should really be feeling this positive effect of progress and investment many times per season but we get the opposite.

    I’m extremely happy to have Siem at the club but Charnley & Co need to pull their F**king fingers right out FAST and get some serious signings completed before they’ll get a pat on the back from me. The ratio of top players touted to be leaving as usual greatly exceeds those arriving so even if we signed Messi we will once again be scrapping for survival in the Premier League.

  • 9 Robin // Jul 3, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    i dunno, no one said we were closing in on him, it seems like Ed always assume something thats not concrete at all

  • 10 ethiotoon // Jul 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Well great news if true,we will be 80% strong for the upcoming season.10m is the right price.seems Liverpool are interested too bcoz they are about to lose Suarez.back off Brendan..

  • 11 JP...from The Rock // Jul 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    I hate this talk of the team bot being able to carry ben arfa yet we’ve been carrying Strolla Ameobi for 15 fu*king years!! (and he doesn’t een pose half the threat to the opposition as HBA) it makes me sick that i’ve had to accept and endure that pathetic player stroll aroud the pitch while a top quality player like HBA is flogged off in a heartbeat without a proper run in the team! No wonder we never win anything out decision making is atrocious!!

  • 12 widowmagandapoke // Jul 3, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Ben Arfur is an enigma, but remember a certain Laurent Robert who Sir Bobby dressed down regularly for his lack of defensive duties. My jury is still out.




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