Newcastle United pursued Alexandre Lacazette throughout summer 2014, the French media at the time claimed that they had a last gasp offer turned down by Lyon just before that summer window closed.

At the time the 23 year old had just enjoyed his breakthrough season and scored 22 goals in all competitions during that 2013/14 campaign.

The following 2014/15 season saw Lacazette follow that up with another 31 goals and regular call-ups to the French squad, scoring his first senior international goal in March of this year.

It looked like Newcastle had missed the boat with the increasing goals and profile meaning Alexandre Lacazette would surely move this summer to a ‘big’ cub.

However, he has stayed at Lyon and they were able to offer them that Champions League football, though surely it is still only a matter of time before he moves on.

Sunday morning has brought reports from both France and the Sunday People, that Newcastle are now watching the striker once again and that Graham Carr travelled to Belgium in midweek to see Lyon take on Gent in the Champions League.

Lacazette played the full 90 minutes but didn’t score in the 1-1 draw and in fact has drawn a blank in all competitions this season.

However, he looks like a real talent and it is claimed that Newcastle are looking at a potential January move for the striker.

If Lyon are still involved in the Champions League then that would appear a non-starter but from Newcastle’s point of view, they could well be desperate for extra goals by then, unless between Aleksandar Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse they find a regular source.

The summer spending by Newcastle suggested that Mike Ashley had at last realised he couldn’t plug the gaps on the cheap but results so far point to United needing far more than the four first team players that were bought this summer.

With so much at stake this season and in particular the massive jump in TV money from next season, money may well be needed to be spent in January unless Steve McClaren finds some answers quickly.