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Newcastle’s Striker Target Is A Surprise

9:11 am, Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

It seems that Newcastle are back interested in 24 year-old Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who Newcastle were after last summer, but then he decided to stay at Lyon and signed a new contract that keeps him at the French club until the summer of 2019 so we assume the French International striker will come with a sizeable fee.

But this interest is probably not too surprising because once Graham Carr has scouted a player and still likes him Newcastle seem to retain an interest.

Alexandre Lacazette aganst GentCL

Lyon’s French International striker Alexandre Lacazette

That was shown when we finally signed Lyon winger Florian Thauvin last summer, but for a much higher price than we could have signed him for over two years ago when he finally left Bastia for Lille in January 2013.

Newcastle spent a lot of time trying to sign Lacazette over a year ago, so it seems it would be really difficult to get him in during the January transfer window, although maybe he would be a top target for next June.

With both Cisse and Riviere likely to be gone next summer Newcastle need to line up some strikers now.

We do have both Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney coming through and they may be part of the first team squad next summer, but Newcastle will need at least one new striker brought in.

We don’t really know what the status is of Charlie Austin who is out for a month at the moment with a hamstring problem.

The local papers are reporting different things with some reporting Newcastle are not interested and others reporting we will make a bid for him in January.

So take your choice.

Austin is in a similar position to Schalke’s Joel Matip in that he will become a free agent next summer, but some reports suggest Newcastle are not interested in the QPR striker because of his injury record.

However, Steve McClaren surprisingly stated recently that Newcastle were still interested in the 26 year-old England striker.

Newcastle have a (bad) tendency to get into long soap operas for some transfer targets with Lacazette, Austin and Thauvin being three good examples of that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JP...from The Rock // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    I would love to see Lacazette here but I doubt he’ll come. We’ve missed so many good opportunities to sign world class strikers before they become world renowned names Lacazette and Aubamayang spring to mind.

    We should really try our best and act quickly in the window to not regret our lack of urgency one again in the future.

    With all the TV money coming in now I would be surprised if we baulked at the asking price this time round.

  • 2 spitfire_ // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Don’t forget and Bony. 12 mill was too much for him… while 6.3 for Riviere isn’t.

  • 3 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    On youth academy players,
    let’s not forget Sammi Ameobi. It’s a shame the new coach didn’t get a chance to look at him. The lad is the biggest winger in football, in the world. Not important I hear you say, but the usually small FB’s will tell you otherwise I think. He can dribble and run, even cross (see below). I think the right coach could do something with him.

  • 4 Jib // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    I think the new coaching set up do fancy Sammi that’s why he’s on loan at Cardiff , to get some guaranteed game time to build up his match fitness.

  • 5 toon-to-win // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    wod like to see us offload obertan gouffran and marvaux and bring in andros townsend! Id like to see us offload cisse and riviere and get berahino! I think if we continue to play the 442/4411 we seemed to play vs chelsea then bera would link up excellent with mitrovic! A sort of shearer bellamy partnership

  • 6 loonie-toon // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    (Toon to win) I would love c Townsend with us aswell we was linked in summer and I was excited but nothing came of it wich is a shame I wana c is keep r top players and start getting rid of the shite we got hope we play like we did last weekend against man city there now. For havin Europe hang overs so might c r first wi. In the epl

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