Further Updates On Newcastle’s Lacazette Move


Wednesday’s report in French outlet L’Equipe had Newcastle United bidding €25M yesterday for long-term target Alexandre Lacazette and fans were hoping the report was true – but that was still a huge fee for the 24 year-old French International striker, who is after all still untested at the highest level.

Once the reports staredt to come out PA Sport said there was in fact no bid and that Newcastle were bemused by the report.

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But there is a little more to the story with French radio station RMC supporting the L’Equipe story but adding that Alexandre wasn’t too keen to move half way through the season, because of the  Euro 2-016 Championships to be held in France in June – and he wants to make the French squad.

Then French outlet 20 minutes then reported  they had contacted the footballer’s family to try to get a reaction to the story.

They reported that a close source had said the following to them:

“A departure is not on the agenda. We actually know that Newcastle are interested in Alexandre but it’s not possible for him to leave now.”

And to finish the Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has this to say about the speculation:

“I am confident that he will return to his highest level and I have a feeling he will be the first goalscorer in the new stadium.

He will be here for some time because Lyon cannot do without players of his ability.”

The European leagues will realize that with the huge money available in the Premier League – not only will the top players want to play in England but the PL clubs will be able to bid big money for their players – in terms of both fees and wages – and it will be hard to turn down the money in lots of cases.

All we are hoping for  is that after one of the worst years in Newcastle’s long history – largely caused by the incompetence from those running the club at the top – we will still be able to remain in the Premier League and begin to finally build a really good side – and that starts this month.

And that Newcastle do not sink into even further obscurity while clubs like Crystal Palace, Leicester and Watford are thriving way above us in the league.

It’s just nowhere near good enough for a club with the great history and significant stature of Newcastle United.

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245 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #1

    More chance of Colocinni being named defender of the year than this lad coming here for that kind of money. A non-story if there ever was one.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    kone for 5m would look a decent signing for us now its fell thru with the mackems due to personal terms…cant see lacazette ever coming to us while we are in the bottom half of the table

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki
    I’ve replied on the previous thread.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #4

    We bid 25 million euros and offered him 5 grand a week. We cannot get the deal over the line. Fuuny that……

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  • belgrade fan

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Alan Pardew says Palace has no interest of signing Charlie Austin. You can find it on Sky sport

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #6

    If there was a club that deserves relegation it’s us.
    Even in the start of the transfer window, pathetic, unplanned, rushed, transfers are being put forward.

    Only a club that is not serious about being a club does this. Linked with mid to lo quality players pathetic.

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  • Jib

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Mmmm

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  • jimiley

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Gorgonzola,
    Spot on. A joke club. Relegation would cost the fat man £130 million in SKY money and wipe the smile off his arrogant face. I welcome it.

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  • belgrade fan

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #9

    gorgo

    Reci koji jadnici, ni 1 igrac jos. jbt da uzmu Remija na zajam, Leroj Fer manje od 4m, jedno krilo I onaj Jose Enrike za manje od 2m I da budu mirni. ali ne, ni evro se ne daje

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    komfort // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    b&b @ 18

    when he put the money in for essential maintenance…..does he expect to get the value he paid for the car plus what he paid for fixing it when he sells it on?
    ************************************************
    What would you or I or any reasonable person expect to get when they sell something whether or not they overpaid for it in the first place? The only way to recover your loss is to sell on to some mug at a similar inflated price. That’s not going to happen unless their are more hidden debts snd the next buyer doesn’t do due diligence. Reslistically, the price you’re going to get is the market value. What any person is prepared to pay on any particular given day.

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  • belgrade fan

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Remy on loan, Jose E for less than 2m, Leroy Fer around 4m and some quality winger and we r fine. but it is too much for us

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Komfort
    What were you driving at? Pardon the pun.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Blackley I understand where you are with Ashley that’s the point of reference I was looking for.

    I don’t agree on several points though.

    1/ There’s no way of proving FFS, if he hadn’t been ill, wouldnt have continued to handle the clubs debt and with increasing TV revenue would possibly have performed better than the boom/bust approach required to get into CL. In other words there are arguments that we wouldn’t have been in trouble never mind ‘do a portsmouth’

    2/ buying the clubs debt to stop interest leeching finances does not make him a benefactor. It simplifies the budget. He can pay himself back ( although as it’s part of the clubs’ equity he gets it back in a sale) at leisure and as he requires from increasing revenue. That’s why he doesn’t need to charge for ground advertising.

    3/ He has various deals that understandably link to SD international. One includes Free Advertising that has TV exposure worldwide to existing, expanding and proposed SD markets. There are marketing analysts who could quantify the worth of this advertising to Mike, and he could sell that to his shareholders at SD. The revenue from that would pay off his loan much quicker. You are going to struggle to explain why he doesn’t

    4/ in all these deals, ‘Firm Financial Footing’ has actually existed from the moment he bought the club. But it also means it has stayed fairly flat. The lack of exploitation of fairly lucrative revenue ( which would turn Firm into Prosperous) like ground advertising seems mystifying for a club that the owner purports as wanting to win something. Why does it operate this way? .

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  • toonking

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #14

    gorgon

    it’s what Iike best about the current manager, Pardew had enough in him to give this fat b@stard suvival but now he’s got the puppet who is too crap and will lead this cashley owned newcastle to the championship which is what he deserves.

    wonder how he’ll react this time, could it be the championship trophy he’s calling the trophy he’s aiming for?

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  • SouthLincsToon

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Bit of gossip… Toulouse’s Ben Yedder has today followed Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong and Florian Thauvin on Twitter. Coincidence?

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  • Belfast

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    That was a cracking put down from Pardew about Neil Warnock in the Charlie Austin story.

    “Neil Warnock was the manager here and he didn’t do very well so I am not really interested in his opinion,” Pardew said. “Charlie Austin is of no interest to us.”

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  • Belfast

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #17

    There will be a Charlie Austin article up next no doubt.

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  • GeordieinOhio

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #18

    I am waiting for the “emergency Transfer window meeting” headline …..probably be held the week the window closes!

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #19

    SouthLincsToon
    It’s not from today. Old news.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #20

    @17 belfast

    are we linked with austin ? 😉

    we really ought to stop messing around and get a striker signed up quick even if it is on loan !

    or more importantly imo someone who can create chances like willems or a decent left winger.

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  • Jib

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Sazzer
    You say that
    However Ben Yedder nearly went to Sevilla in August
    And now his coach is refusing to confirm he’s not leaving this Winter

    http://rmcsport.bfmtv.com/football/mercato-toulouse-une-possibilite-que-ben-yedder-s-en-aille-941815.html

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Ben yedder? Please no more untested French’s.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #23

    I think I might have read a Austin article on here yonks ago croftus lol By the looks of things their ain’t that many clubs in for him.

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #24

    for a striker..remy is our best bet..

    as for winger..maybe januzay? just got back from dortmund..

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Nevermind the facts, let’s be positive, right? This will change everything. Be positive. Be positive. Be positive. Because the club give you some much reasons to be positive. Let’s pretend that the lat 9 (nine) years never happen. Be positive!

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  • Jib

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Burnley
    Ben Yadder is electric

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  • Thump

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #27

    From Lacazette to Ben Yedder? No offence to the lad but that’s like going from Shearer to Ameobi.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki
    1) Do you recall all the talk of no more big signings under the previous regime? Before Ashley. It was also widely reported that the club was mortgaged to the hilt. Where was the money coming from to pay the players to keep us in the top flight? Bear in mind this is years ago. Long before the recent TV deals which have changed the landscape. Shepherd was taking money out not putting it in. That bunch were ripping off the fans and bragging about it.

    2) If your daddy gives you an interest free loan that saves you paying say £50k a year to your bank, are you better off? There’s no difference here. Just because Ashley benefits because, essentially, the club is another one of Ashley’s pots, it matters not. The interest free loan has a direct positive impact on the club’s profit/loss position. Just as an interest free loan from your dad replacing third party borrowings would have on the Tsunki household family budget. The fact Ashley benefits in a sale is by the by to you and me as NUFC fans. It’s exactly like the issue of the due diligence or lack of it costing Ashley. What difference does it make to NUFC? None.

    3) I’m not sure I understand your point. I’ve repeatedly argued that you can ignore the value of the advertising to SD when looking at what NUFC are losing. You can only reasonably look at what NUFC could achieve in the open market. For that, consider Croftus’ link. Why do you and everyone else involved in this discussion ignore the link that gives EPL clubs’ commercial revenues? It gives a very good idea of the ball park figures we’re looking at.

    4) I’ve dealt with that above. Where Ashley falls down IMO is his poor running of the football side. You need to make profit. That’s happening. However, you’ve got to invest that profit wisely. You’ve also got to look for value for money or you can’t come near to competing with sovereign country wealth. In football that’s not always straightforward. Is the big money signing a briiliant move or is it going to go tits up for a whole host of reasons? Even the fans guess at it.

    You’ve got to employ the right CEO to run the business. He has to employ the right manager and recruitment team. Some people actually think it will all come good. In August the mood on here from the majority was upbeat. Ashley might have shared their optimism too. The glaring problem with Ashley is he hasn’t got s clue. It’s here that it all falls down IMO. He hasn’t got a clue. The fact is nobody would be talking about advertising if Carr and Charnley were doing s sterling job.

    You say the revenues would pay off his loan much quicker. Okay. But he’d answer that the club should then pay its own way so forget about the interest free loan. I’m sick andctired of being criticised for the free advertising. I’ll tear up this interest free loan and the clubbyou support will be worse off overall.

    Going back to the loan from your dad to the Tsunki household. Suppose your dad asks you to allow him to park his car at yours when he comes to town to watch the match. You say no because you get £ 10k a year for letting your drive on a match day. Your dad might just say, “You know what Tsunki lad, I need to buy somewhere to park my car. I’m going to have to call in my interest free loan to you. Sorry. I know you’ll be £50k a year worse off. But there you go.”

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  • Jib

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Benyebuts they call him – loose translation – son of goals

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  • Thump

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #30

    There again if Ben Yedder meant getting rid of Rivvy…

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #31

    @25 spitfire

    very true buddy and when messi sign’s for us in the next few days everyone will be a believer……hmm is falcao available for a loan deal also while we are at it ?

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  • Thump

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #32

    @croftus: Messi has rejected us on the basis that he would pay too much tax on his wages here in the UK.

    Falcao, however, is willing to pay off his contract in full just to get a chance to talk to Schteve.

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #33

    croftus5678

    Yeah… Yesterday one bloke from the blog teach me this. To be positive.

    Using this, I’ll go absolutely bananas, if we buy Ben Yedder, despite the fact that our last two flair players which came from France, was… anti-flair.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib
    I would say he started following them a few weeks ago but it might be longer than that.

    Ben-Yedder looks to be leaving in this window.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #35

    you never know lads…Rivi might just surprise us all and come out the blocks just like Cisse did four years ago!…stranger things have happened….but lets also hope that’s not what Maclaren is depending on!

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Blackley

    1/ a I said, no proof, just assumption. We will never know. And Ashley may be doing the same without the bragging.

    2/ forget the finance lesson. Ashley has basically just turned his debt into interest free like switching card credit balances. It’s still his money and he can get it out. The interest factor is irrelevant. It no longer exists.

    3/ I asked why he doesn’t charge for ads when he could make the club and him benefit by doing so. Simple question. Why is he passing up on this whether it’s worth £5m or £30m? it’s all money to him.

    4/ I know that the lacklustre financial operation results from the preceding points, I just wonder why he designs it to run as flatly when revenue is being eschewed? Whys he doing it?

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Jib

    He may well be electric, but so was Cabella. Are you not sick of players coming here who might be good enough? There is never any guarantee and the likelihood is that the risk is too great considering where we are situated in the league.

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  • Ravostag

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Dont believe we will sign anyone, we go after those players who will never come we need to be realistic on our targets. I fink Pards will get Austin Landon connection

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #39

    Ben Yedder? No thanks, not another Riviere

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Steve Mandanda’s announcement that he will stay at Marseille until end of the season “out of respect for the fans”

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