Reports in France are that Newcastle have put in a massive bid of €25M (£18.4M) for former French International target Alexandre Lacazette.
The Lyon striker was a target of Newcastle’s over the last two or three years, but of course he’s still unproven in the Premier League and could take time to settle in England – just as Aleksandar Mitrovic has done this season.
Alexandre Lacazette – long term target for Newcastle
French daily L’Equipe are reporting today that Newcastle have made the massive bid for the 24 year-old striker.
If the bid is accepted it would be a record signing for Newcastle and would beat the £17M paid out to Real Madrid for Michael Owen in 2005.
What this also tells us is that Graham Carr is still running the show at Newcastle – and Alexandre has been tracked by the Chief Scout for well over two years now.
The report is that the offer was made by Newcastle representatives last week, but with Euro 2016 starting in June, Lacazette is not too keen on a move to a new club this month, because it could jeopardize his chances of making the French squad.
In the past the striker has always maintained he would want to join a Champions League club if he did leave Lyon and of course with Newcastle 3rd bottom of the league that will not help us too much either in the pursuit of the striker.
We wouldn’t be surprised if a bid has been made for Lacazette as Carr has shown he keeps his interest in players he has scouted in the past.
And only in the summer another big favorite of his – Florian Thauvin – was signed for a massive £13M and hasn’t seen too much success yet at Newcastle.
One question we would have is what tells the powers that be at Newcastle that Alexandre would immediately produce at Newcastle and get the job done for us if he arrives.
Most players take time to adjust to English football.
Mitrovic and Thauvin are good examples of that – and a safer bet with much less risk would be to sign a striker who had proven he can score goals in the Premier League.
But that doesn’t seem to be the way Newcastle do business.
The other thing is that signing him in January means Lacazette will have no pre-season to get used to playing for a new club.
But hey – on the bright side of things – we are reminded that Papiss Cisse made a sensational start to his Newcastle career four years ago with 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle.
With Lacazette being a previous target of Newcastle’s, it looks like Steve McClaren has had no input on who he want sin as a new striker this month.
Alan Pardew didn’t have control on who came in either and is one big reason he left for Crystal Palace where he has total control on transfers.
So if we get Lacazette in and he doesn’t produce does McClaren take the responsibility and the accountability for that?
It’s a daft way to run a football club having the Chief Scout decide who comes in and it was a problem when Kevin Keegan was manager and he left because of that – when Dennis Wise was in Graham’s position back in 2008.
At the rime Dennis was the Director of Football.
Lacazette has been at Lyon for his whole career and this season he has scored 8 goals in 22 total appearances for Lyon.
In his total career with one club he has made 208 appearances with 77 goals and 34 assists for Lyon.
What do you think?