Newcastle Make Their Move For Alexandre Lacazette


The French daily L’Equipe is reporting today that Newcastle United have made an approach to Lyon for their Alexandre Lacazette, the 23 year-old striker, who has been a target of Newcastle’s all summer.

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Alexandre Lacazette – Newcastle approach Lyon

But the bad news is that the player himself has said that he wants to move to a Champions League club, and the news in L’Equipe is that he “did not respond favorably” to the Newcastle move.

Lyon are still in discussions with the player and his representatives on a three-year deal to stay at the French club – but this could simply be a ploy by President Jean-Michel Aulas to raise the price of one of his best players.

Aulas is not the easiest person to negotiate with – as Newcastle found out last summer when we were after Bafe Gomis – and while L’Equipe are reporting Lyon want £16M for their striker – that could be more like €16M – which is around £12.8M.

It could be that Alexandre does want to play for a Champions League club, although if he stays at Lyon there’s no chance he will do that next season, with the French club having finishing 5th in the league last season, and only qualified for the Europa League 3rd qualifying round.

Last season Alexandre scored 23 goals in 46 total appearances for Lyon with 7 assists, and he has played 11 times with 5 goals for the French U21 side, and has two full caps, but he was edged out of the French squad for the World Cup by Loic Remy..

Lacazette could be a good buy at around £10M for the Magpies, but the big question is whether he wants to join Newcastle United.

What do you think?

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22 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Short and to the point Ed

    Still think it will be PEA we are after, but can we get him is another matter

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  • Klatoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    colback and tiote can be key for us especially as it’d reduce the workload for our flair players,sdj n cabella, who’l benefit from having 2 terriers cleaning up after them.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    But the downsides might be they are all work and no play!

    …they need to create something as well. Neither of those two are very technical and passing is not their strong side.

    Would prefer Sissoko to partner Tiote. A secondary lineup could be Anita and Colback

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  • Harley

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry, from last article.

    I think we could do a lot worse than zaha, I think he’s worth taking a punt on.

    My fear is that we’ve done our business now. Everything seems to have gone quiet on the transfer front.

    We desperately need a top striker and cb but there doesn’t seem to be any available in our price range.

    It wouldn’t be disastrous to get zaha as winger/striker to add to goufran, rivière and cisse.

    Musotoon

    I loved your post prom a few articles back and agree with everything you said. Very well put.

    And

    Lacazette would be amazing if it happens.

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  • Harley

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    If all of this ambitious talk from the club about champions league is true, then they need a striker of this calibre.

    We’ll see if the words were true when the window closes.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    If the Toon coaching team have decided to follow the Barcelona blueprint of high work rate and lots of passing (something they seemed to be trying in NZ)
    Cabella SdJ and Colback have to kick on to become Xavi Iniesta and Busquets. The question of an out and out striker is not so crucial, wingers are more important for width.. Maybe we could get Pedro ?

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  • musomag

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s a waste of energy and a pointless pursuit if Lacazette doesn’t want to come here.

    Zaha? Lot of negative speculation about the kid, I’d definitely rather have him in our squad than playing against us. Fergie certainly saw something special.

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  • Klatoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    wouldnt take sissoko off the rw, he led in chances created due to the space to bomb into down the flank, the space he would never get in cm and lets face it, incisive passing and quick thinking are not his strong points.

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  • Ethiotoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Hope we get him.great striker with pace,
    Power, dribbling and skills. £10m might be
    Fair price.he is our only hope so far coz
    Remy finished to liverpool
    Origi finished to Liverpool
    Carroll finished with injury
    PEA almost finished, staying with bvb
    Lukaku overpriced
    Benteke finished with injury
    What’s left?bench warmers…
    Don’t make us boring…
    Just land Grenier & close z transfer book..

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  • Lew Davies

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    I disagree that it is a waste of energy to pursue Lacazette.
    We will be trying to persuade him that he is key in our pursuit of Champions League (lol)
    Besides, no other clubs seem to be showing any interest in him, and staying at Lyon will do him no good at all.
    I still think we can get him, but this one will go down to the wire, later in August

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  • proud2bnufc

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Money, money, money…Good salary and his ours.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Klatoon- I agree as we saw in the two games in NZ Colback is a very good passer of the ball and Pardew thinks he’s a great passer as well.
    Taken soon after his signing for the Toon:

    Colback said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted. To come to the team I supported as a boy, my hometown team, will be really special for me.
    Magpies boss Pardew added: ‘I’m extremely pleased to have brought Jack to Newcastle United.
    ‘He’s a great passer, versatile and rarely gives the ball away. He’s also a local lad and knows exactly what playing for this club means.
    ‘And at 24 years old, his best years are ahead of him so I think he’ll be a big asset to us.’ Certainly have to agree following games seen. Sissoko on the flank as his power, strength and surging runs compensate for often poor distribution.

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  • WLtoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Why are we still giving this guy as mention?
    He does NOT want to come here and his price tag is too much,,Fatman wont pay it, so lets just forget about Lacazette.
    We are more likely to end up with the guy from Shaktar Donetsk as he.s going on the cheap bvos of the conflict.
    Honestly, this hunt for a CF is ringing a bell,one by one our so called targets are being snapped up by other clubs or have said they dont want to come for one reason or another.
    Why the hell dpes.nt Ashley just give Pardew the damn money needed to bring in a good striker instead of penny pinching all the time.
    We have bought in 6 players with the money we got off Cabs and Debuchy..that money has gone, and the only way ile be convinced that MA has changed his attitude is if he spends some of the sky money,money which i may add, is given to him,.
    Its not as though its coming out of his own pocket.
    Every other club in the Prem is spending the sky money to strengthen their squad, as not all clubs can rely on big money coming in from players sold.
    Goals get u points,and we need a 15 -20 goal striker if we are,nt going to struggle considering we still have that same leaky defence.basically.
    We are the 3rd best supported team in the land and we should expect better than this.
    Season ticket sales were well down on last year and it was no surprise, then we go rushing back for tickets after we sign 6 players,and Ashley knows this.
    He,s got his full house again,so why should he be arsed realeasing any more cash,thats how he works.
    The sooner Ashley sells the better imo,bcos its the same old shit every season.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Musomag…it is not really about whether Zaha had potential but that he won’t live it out!

    …SAF also saw something in Obertan

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Whats the betting this Lacazette guy will end up at either Swansea or Totenham or Southampton just before the Window slams shut?

    We will be left then going after and being linked with everyone and his dog, and finally end-up not signing a striker at all??

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  • WLtoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #16

    @15.
    Totally agree.
    We know what to expect every window now,and its gone very quiet at the club, its only rumours from the press that gives us hope that we may get in that elusive striker.

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  • dannitoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Thought u reported last week that he had just signed a new 3 year contract

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 27, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Like i said on another Post !

    It is very unclear to me just what is going on at the moment?

    Add to that the fact that there is so much Crap on here about so many different names, some were already targets but some i,ve never heard of let alone seen play !

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    @17:

    I read that somewhere too Dannitoon ? Or was that someone else? Was that PEA? Who knows?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Forget Lacazzete lets put in a 10m offer for Hernandez from Man U- a proven epl goalscorer that is brilliant and perfect for us, and apparently for some odd reason not wanted at Man U.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    @20:

    Let me let you in on something about Manure and Louis van Gaal JP . At least as far as i read it !

    Loius will totally change the Team which Sir Alex built up on the long term, in Louis they have someone who will come in and keep the players he likes and get rid of the players he does,nt ! He already has RVP, and i think he will bring in more Dutch players in the coming two seasons. Even Rooney may be up for grabs?

    He has a huge budget to call on and could bid 50Mil plus for a particular player if he wants !
    The rest need to profiteer from that and see if they can interest any of that talent to move to them?

    But most of them have been on Astronomical salaries for years, which won,t help!

    I believe his wage demands will be a major problem in trying to get Hernandez to make the move north.

    I am actually quite jealous of Manure, with all that money and power ! Someone said on another post that its spoiling the game? and i think he,s right because some clubs are just buying the League !

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  • geordie abroad

    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Lacazette could turn out to be a good player if he came to us. However we would be a last resort for him only here is a top 5 club didn’t go for him. We’d be a mere stepping stone in his career, a large sell on clause in his contract would be a must.
    At the same price Hernandez or welbeck would be better. Or let’s at least try for the best choice and go all out for lukaku

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