Is This The Striker Newcastle Really Want In January?

There is a report in ESPN that Newcastle are interested in going back in for 24 year-old Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who we have been interested in signing for over two years now.

But given Newcastle’s precarious position in the Premier League it’s doubtful the 10 times capped French International would want to join a club struggling in third bottom place in the league.

He is Lyon’s star player and last August after a number of Premier League clubs were after him, he decided to sign a new long term deal at Lyon until June of 2019.

Alexandre Lacazette aganst GentCL

24 year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon

He’s scored eight goals in 21 total games for Lyon this season, following up on his previous standout season of 31 goals in 40 total appearances.

The ESPN article is from Lee Ryder of the Chronicle and suggests that Newcastle are interested but that Lyon want £50M for their star striker and there’s just no way Newcastle would pay anywhere near that amount for Lacazette.

And if he is available next month then some top Champions League clubs would be very interpreted in signing him.

Chief Scout Graham Carr seems persistent when he has trailed a player for a number of years, as we saw when Florian Thauvin was surprisingly signed in the summer from Marseille.

But who is to say Lacazette would be successful in England and he is unproven at the top level.

Newcastle need proven Premier League players next month who can help us get out of the relegation mess we are in.

And some of them – like Charlie Austin and Andros Townsend as two examples – are available next month.

The players we signed in the summer and who were thought to be four good signings at the time, have taken time to settle in over the last five months for the Magpies.

Much better now we are in trouble to go for proven British players who can produce immediately.

But it is looking like the same old transfer policy that Graham Carr has created over the last several years with direction from Mike Ashley will not be changing anytime soon.

That’s one of the reasons we are where we are – fighting relegation in three of the last four seasons.

It’s a similar transfer policy that American owner Randy Lerner employs at Aston Villa – and they are rock bottom of the league table with just 8 points in the first half of the season.

Not changing the transfer policy when we need to is a pity, because the last thing we need next month are players who struggle in the Premier League for us for half a season.

If that happens that could see us relegated in May.

But we still live in hope and we’ll just have to wait and see what players Newcastle can attract in January.

What do you think?

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