The Telegraph and former Journal reporter Luke Edwards are reporting that Newcastle United are ready to make (yet) another attempt to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in this month’s transfer window.
We know he’s a favorite of Chief Scout Graham Carr, but we have already made one attempt this month to get him to leave Lyon and he turned us down.
24 year-old Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette
The Telegraph is reporting that people associated with the player – probably his agents – are saying he would be much more receptive now to a move.
We’re not sure why that would be the case?
It’s difficult to know how real the opportunity to sign Lacazette is, but we understand Mike Ashley would be willing to splash the cash on Alexandre – maybe as much as £25M to get him in before next Monday.
What could persuade the 24 year-old striker to sign is that the Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle are ready to offer him wages that would be near those of top earner Fabricio Coloccini – maybe around £65K/week.
It would be great if we can get him in, but given the trouble we have had negotiating with Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas in the past. we would be very surprised if Newcastle can get a deal struck for the French International striker before next Monday.
We would need to agree a fee with Lyon and then persuade the striker to change his mind and join Newcastle – a club that is currently 3rd bottom of the Premier League.
It’s a big ask, but at least Newcastle are trying to do the deal, always assuming the Telegraph report is accurate.