Newcastle Bid Record £25M For French Striker

News tonight that Newcastle have not given up on signing one of Graham Carr’s long term targets – Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette – and have now tabled a record £25M bid for the French international striker.

It’s just a pity we couldn’t have saved £20M and bid say £5M for Charlie Austin and maybe we could have persuaded the proven Premier League striker to move to Newcastle rather than to Southampton.

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Alexandre Lacazette – is he worth £25M?

The news is in the Sunday People and of course as we saw today with a number of good chances missed in the 2-1 win over West Ham, that we still need a top striker to convert the many chances we are now making.

The news is that Lyon will likely accept the bid, but Lacazette has already made it known he only wants to leave his French club for a big club that plays in the Champions League – and that’s not today’s Newcastle United.

Lacazette has also pledged to stay at Lyon this month, but we’ll see if other bigger clubs come after him if the bid is accepted – and if they do we have to believe they will beat Newcastle to the 24 year-old French striker.

One of the reasons a number of big deals could be done this month is that with the new three year £5B Premier League rights deal starting in June, it’s thought the price of players will jump in the summer – so now may be a good time to get good players in.

The People report then suggests that if we cannot get Lacazette then the club will turn to Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf, who has had trouble getting his place at the Britannia Stadium this season.

The 28 year-old 30 times capped Senegal International has been on the bench most of this season and may be surplus to requirements at Stoke, but we find this a strange choice – always assuming the news is accurate.

The player was at Manchester United from 2009 through 2012 and then moved to Hannover in Germany before signing on at Stoke in the summer of 2014 on a four year deal.

While he’s been at Stoke he’s scored 15 goals in 53 appearances for the Potters.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.