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