There´s news in the Sunday People from former Chronicle head football writer Alan Oliver that Graham Carr checked on former striker target Alexandre Lacazette last week.
Lacazette was a top target of ours over a year ago, and last season he had an excellent season for Lyon when he scored 31 goals in 40 appearances for the French club.
Carr was at Lyon´s 1-1 draw at Belgium’s Gent in the European Champions League, and may be checking on some players that may be signed in January, especially if Newcastle are fighting relegation (again) by that time.
Alexandre Lacazette – Carr still tracking this French striker
We would be very surprised if Alexandre would be willing to move anywhere in January with the finals of Euro 2016 being held in France next summer, and the 24 year-old striker has a good chance of being in the French squad.
Lacazette´s contract at Lyon lasts through the summer of 2019, and surely Newcastle’s chance to sign the Frenchman ended over a year ago, and we have no chance now.
Well that´s unless he stops scoring goals – and what´s the point then?
He has yet to score this season, but he´s only played five games for Lyon.
If we are to bring a striker in January, assuming our goal-scoring doesn´t improve, then surely the only player we should be looking to sign is Charlie Austin, who has shown he can score goals in the Premier League.
We´re afraid that bringing players in from the continent seems risky and the players take some time to adjust to English football.
We are seeing that right now with the four players we signed in the summer and our top signing of a year ago – Remy Cabella didn’t make it.
Also, Emmanuel Riviere has yet to show he is good enough to play in the Premier League for Newcastle.
Newcastle have plenty of money to spend these days and we may need to spend a big chunk of it in January.