Newcastle United have bid over 25m euros (around £19m) for Alexandre Lacazette, according to headline news this morning in France.
L’Equipe say that two Newcastle United representatives travelled to France last week to make the oral offer to Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas.
The report says that Lyon didn’t dismiss the offer and see it as a potential starting point on any deal.
However, when Lacazette himself was informed of the approach, L’Equipe say that he knocked it back straight away.
Like all of the French players, 24 year old Alexandre Lacazette is totally focussed on making the French squad for this year’s Euros and the French media organisation say that the player has no interest in changing clubs halfway through a season, with the potential of harming his chances for the national team.
He also has concerns about the way other French players have been treated at Newcastle, with Hatem Ben Arfa and Florian Thauvin prime examples.
Despite the initial resistance to the idea from the player, L’Equipe claim that Newcastle are taking the time to consider their options but are prepared to go to around £23m if they feel Lacazette is the right option.
If Newcastle go back in with an offer that Lyon want to accept then money may well talk for the striker as well.
Newcastle have been linked with Lacazette for over two and a half years now and in that time his value has risen with his progress on the pitch.
In 2013/14 he scored 15 goals in Ligue 1, then 27 in 2014/15, while this season he hasn’t quite matched that form, a bit like his team overall.
Lacazette has scored six goals in 15 league games, plus another two in the Champions League, currently Lyon (last season’s runners-up) sit 9th in the table but are only six points off second place.