Earlier this month it was claimed that Alexandre Lacazette had been the subject of a near £20m offer from Newcastle, with reports that the player had turned down the move.
The striker then played and scored against Troyes on 9 January 2016 in the first Lyon match at the newly opened 59,000 Stade De Lyon, which will host four group matches in this summer’s Euros, as well as a round of 16 game and a semi final.
Interviewed straight after the game in the media ‘mixed zone’, Alexandre Lacazette was asked about Newcastle United and their reported approach, Lacazette having this to say:
“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.”
The instant reason put forward as to why the striker had allegedly turned Newcastle down, was that he didn’t want to harm his chances of playing in this summer’s Euros by disrupting his season halfway through.
However, this (Monday) afternoon The Telegraph have claimed an exclusive, saying that their information is that the ‘Lacazette camp’ have made clear to Newcastle that the player is now interested in listening to what Newcastle have to say.
Ironically, the player has been going through a mini goal drought and that goal against Troyes is his only one in Ligue 1 since November, though he did score at Valencia in the Champions League last month.
Following his dampening down of those initial reports of a Newcastle bid/interest, Lacazette then told the French media that he could be interested in moving to the Premier League after this summer’s Euros but now The Telegraph say that this instead could happen in January, with Newcastle seeing him as their ideal target ahead of the likes of Berahino.
With 42 league goals in 67 starts over the course of the previous two seasons, Lacazette has another seven in 18 this time, a player who does look a class above the likes of Riviere, Gouffran, Marveaux and countless others Newcastle have signed. At 24 the French international also has time on his side.
Whilst hopefully he would also be more suited to the Premier League than the likes of Cabella and Thauvin, the former actually scoring yesterday for Marseille against Lyon in a 1-1 draw, with Lacazette drawing a blank.
The transfer window shuts at 11pm in seven days time (1 February) and the clock is ticking…
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