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Gunner With Expiring Contract On Newcastle’s Radar For January – Report

Newcastle United can spend close to £200m in January and still be within the constraints of Financial Fair Play regulation. However, that type of spending is highly unlikely this winter.

The new owners have reportedly drafted a pragmatic approach to the January window and will target players with Premier League experience on expiring contracts. Burnley defender James Tarkowski and Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard have recently been named as winter targets.

Both players are on contracts that expire next summer and have so far rejected new deals. Tarkowski is said to be very keen on moving to Newcastle and could become one of the first signings of the new era.

The Northern Echo is reporting that Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is also a winter target. The 30-year-old is in the final year of his contract and has made just two substitute appearances in the league this season.

The Sun is reporting Lacazette has no intention of signing a new deal to remain at The Emirates. So The Gunners could be open to offloading the striker in January for a nominal fee rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon for big money in 2017 after being on Newcastle’s radar for years. During our relegation season in 2016, Newcastle had a £19m bid accepted by Lyon in January but couldn’t tempt the former French international to Tyneside.

At the time, he said the following on rejecting a move to Newcastle:

“I read what you write in the media.

“Now I am at Olympique Lyonnais, I want to have a good second half of the season, so for me, a departure is not valid.

“This is my agent, David Venditelli, who cares.

“He knows very well that I did not want to leave, so he declined the offer.”

Lacazette has bagged 67 goals in 174 overall appearances for Arsenal. He has hit the back of the net twice this season in his two Carabao Cup appearances. At 30, he is edging towards the end of his career but could be a decent signing for the next few seasons as cover for the oft-injured Callum Wilson.

68 comments so far

  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1


    Favre’s dismissal from Dortmund was just a knee jerk decision. Overall he was doing much better at Dortmund than he ever did in his managerial career.

  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    First. After missing bus after bus.

  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    And second. I’m on a roll or what!

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Playing a blinder US, don’t let it go yo your head 😀

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Or , to your head, not yo! 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Maybe, just maybe, because I’m forever hopeful, Bruce has been given today to get round and say his goodbyes to everyone!

  • toonluvva

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    When Bruceless goes, Greggs will take a tremendous financial hit.

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    One thing about Lampard, he should be able to sort out the midfield issue.

    Not saying he’s my choice mind.

    If, as has been suggested we are “going British”, I suppose my top choice would have to be Rodgers.

    Potter would probably be next but as has been stated, I suspect he’s unknown on continent so we’d need a Continental name for DoF to attract the overseas players.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Bruce accepted his severance package last Friday.

    The fact that he is still here indicates one thing only for me:

    Their replacement (Favre or Lampard) has indicated they do want to take charge at Spurs, and they are working out the details so they can do a double announcement.

    When Bruce goes this week they have to say in the same statement who is in charge for Spurs.

  • SuperShearer

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Lacazette has not signed a new deal because he wants big money and the likes of Barca are sniffing around. I’m not convinced he’s ever really set the PL a blaze but he would be a solid addition in January but suspect Arsenal will ask for about £30 million for him and for a player with only 6 months left on his contract he should be going for closer to 10-15 million.

    I’d LOVE to see us make a marque signing of Alexander Isak but I suspect he might feel he can wait for a bigger team than us at this point in his career.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Lampard at the moment is just a younger version of Bruce

    Chelsea players had said his training sessions were a joke with zero tactical preparation

    Tuchel came in and they looked like a proper team a few weeks later that’s what we need someone with brains who can prepare a team


    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    All this talk about who is on the NUFC radar ?
    Surely we will need to wait until we have a new manager in place so he can tell the club who HE wants to suit the plan he has going forward.

    I do like the sound of Tarkowski , lingard and lacazette and for starters and would not cost £60M all three as contracts running low.

    That trio would help get out safe this season and look forward to next years window.


  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Rodgers should be pretty comfortable Leicester at the moment. Why would he ditch that for another high-pressure, medium-term project? Potter may come. But with our current line up he may not be up to too much.

  • toxic lollie

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Lampard doesn’t rock my boat. I’d rather a 70 year old Keegan that’s been in football exile for years. Not gonna happen!

  • Lovem Hatem

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Apparently DoF has to happen before manager.

    So, need one announcement before the other.

  • Bambams

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Jonesy might be a bit concerned to take charge of everything, maybe Bruce here until we know who is replacing him.

    Still loads to do….

    Gets a bit of respect back if theory correct.

    Just a thought

  • toxic lollie

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Regardless of who’s in the dugout against spurs, I’m interested to see how the team responds to the new management

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 12, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #18

    But Bambams, Bruce is useless, he’s tactically naïve, he panics, doesn’t have a clue!

    He has the Premier Leagues least successful manager award!

  • magscar

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #19

    REPOST too many buses these days for soem reason 🙂

    Just caught up on more than a days worth of posts – company yesterday and out this morning – would normaly have taken lesthan an hour especially with skipping

    Nothing definite to see amid even more speculation not only on who’s coming but is he staying

    I’ve a growing feeling that we need more than a holding statement in the strange limbo we have been thrown into by an unexpectedly early win on Takeover

    Some fans (at least on here) are becoming restless and can’t see the logic in the lack of clarity on Mangerial situation as the dust is settling – is he here or isn’t he – just let us know which

    Sorry to see a squabble emerge over sincere comments on Bruce from 2 respected poster but worse really was the hearting of one of them (which said poater didn’t seem to want)

    I know there was no campaign involved but it merely highlightrd to me a feeling that we are struggling to move on together as the initial eurphoria has dampened

    Words on a page are different to how some would come across in a conversation between posters face to face and I wish allowances could be made for that when not agreeing to a post especially post Ashley

    A new direction though stated in broad terms still hasn’t been fleshed out in terms of the very first step and we see Bruce apparently arriving to take training – his last stand?

    I did like the thought that he may have been alowed to leave unnoticed yesterday ( others want a public humiliation – fine)

    We shouldn’t be restless but it seems we are

    I’m still happy to wait and trust but not all ar and it’s our personal take so no right or wrog opinion

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Lovem and Hatem and Bambams, I agree with you both, which means there are more reasons why the consortium may see it as a bit hasty ditching Bruce without a plan in place to replace him.

    Staveley’s been after buying NUFC for 4 years – she doesn’t strike me as someone who makes impulsive decisions based on emotion. No matter how much we want Bruce gone, he may be with us for a couple of more games yet.


    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Cart and horse come to mind #14 Lovem Hatem

  • SuperShearer

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #22

    I suppose the new owners attitude will be one of: we cannot do much until the transfer window opens therefore we can take our time to get these important manager and DOF roles spot on.

    Until then, they might feel that Bruce is someone who knows the players and can keep doing a job.

    Obviously our knowledge of Bruce will be that he’s NEVER been good enough so leaving him there for any longer than is essential could see us really struggling with relegation come January.


    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Would still go for Ralf Rangnick and Ten Hag …. will it happen is anyone’s guess

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #24

    This guy is either ITK as he claims or he’s just read what I wrote on the last thread and posted it as gospel on Twitter. If he’s ITK, it makes me a genius 😉

    Sean Casey
    Current hold up with Bruce is once he leaves backroom staff goes with him beside Graham Jones. Bruce has been told hes going but will help with preparation for Spurs game along with Clemence and Agnew

  • Harley

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Good god please not lampard.

    Look what happened with Chelsea when they sacked him and got a proper manager in. We need to be looking at a much higher calibre than Lampard.

    If definitely take tarkowski, lingard and Lacazette. They’d improve us massively.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #26

    I know people will say why would Rodgers leave Leicester I think a couple of reasons:

    Newcastle are a bigger sized club than Leicester there is so much more room for growth if they get it right 60 or 70k fans a home game is not that unrealistic if the football was the same quality as Leicester see every week

    With our current squad we can apparently spend 200 odd million before FFP comes into play with someone like Rodgers and a savvy director of football we could bridge the quality gap with the likes of Leicester with that kind of money

    The challenge of wakening a sleeping giant capable of challenging the top 6 will be a significant lure for any manager if we come calling

    Although I don’t see Rodgers leaving Leicester now it wouldn’t surprise me if we got him come the summer they look like they are going to be suffering a Europa hangover which could mean they have to sell Tielemens etc next summer

  • SholaShow

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #27


    Somebody else in that thread claims they’re the in-law of the kitman Ray Thompson, that Bruce is simply staying until the replacement is found and are ready to walk in straight in after him.

    I don’t get it. You could put a chimpanzee in the dugout on Sunday, this result is going to be affected by the crowd and atmosphere more than anything a coaching staff can do in a few days.

    If we win it won’t be seen like that either, it’ll be Bruce’s win. If we lose it’ll be the crowds fault for Bruce Out chants after we’re already losing. FFS.

    The one man preventing absolute and complete unity no matter the scoreline throughout the match.

  • toxic lollie

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d take Zidane in a heartbeat

  • magscar

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #29


    I mooted that same point couple of days ago as it seemed to that he and the Steve’s came as a package and would likely go as one leaving Jones with too much to do so maybe presented with an unpalatable choice

    They need time to make right choice and keeping an unhappy Bruce against the wishes of most fans wouldn’t have been their idea of a good start but that’s football

    As to Amanda taking her time it’s not as if we have a situation which would be replicated at any current PL club so unfortunately an early decision one way or the other needs to be taken and made known

    The fan’s wanting Bruce out is long-standing and nothing to do with TO it’s just that it wasn’t going to happen without one

    So basically what is it Bruce is now capable of doing it allowed to do that he wasn’t before new owners?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Because of the contract situations there are a tonne of bargains to be had at premier league level in January as long as we are still within touching distance of the relegation places

    Tarkowski rock at the back sorted for a few years
    Lacazette him rotating with Wilson is pretty good quality to get us started
    Lingard, Nketiah or Origi would be good attacking options

    All of those players can hit the ground running and we can get some of them reasonably cheap

    Then you have the chance to get some of the outstanding players from other teams:

    Ward Prowse

  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #31

    @Toxic lollie

    As i said the other day, almost impossible. He’s waiting for the french national team after the World Cup.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #32


    My thoughts exactly is Bruce now suddenly going to become a model pro and turn up for training every day and put the players through their paces?

    No we are struggling because he is lazy and entitled and the team plays in his image because we are not match fit

    Or is he now going to put in the effort because its a new owner?

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #33

    There’s a new David Squires cartoon out dedicated to the NUFC takeover. It’s brutal but funny


  • Ron Knee

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Sam Cunningham@samcunningham

    PL clubs didn’t seem up in arms when Man Utd announced in 2017 they had a strategic partnership & “long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia”.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Rob Lee

    I said as much yesterday, if they were going to sack him they would have done it on Friday Saturday or Sunday, she didn’t need to talk to him, she has been watching for 4 years.

    I think she has acted classy all the way through this saga, and him staying 1 or 2 more games does not affect the long term plan. Get the right coach and we will climb very easy,

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Sholashow, I don’t disagree with you – I think Bruce should be out now. But then again, I’m quite impatient, especially when it comes to things I care about. I get the impression that Staveley and her colleagues are not and they’re also not as emotionally invested as we are.

  • toxic lollie

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #37


    Dreams are free mate.. a crystal ball would be great about now

  • Top Banana

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Afternoon chaps – Been a while since I tapped in, thought I’d say “hi”. What a ride it’s been and this is where it really starts….craft and graft! My head is mashed following this sale for the past 20mths or so….but let’s have it….the new era! I’ll trust their judgement on the changes internally, we all know it’s coming so give them time. They’ve lived this, closer to the detail than we’ve ever been, too.

    Tapping out, catch you soon……don’t know about you but me and mine are going to live this dream. C’mon!!

  • toon22

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #39

    They won’t sack the clown till the nee guy has signed
    The nee guy obviously wants to sort out his contract before signing

    It’s worth waiting for the right guy

  • toon22

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Nee. New …….


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