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.
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?