Newcastle’s Three Top Forward Targets – Two Sign Elsewhere and One Wants Ambitious Club
Not the best of days in the Newcastle United striker pursuit, with what have been claimed to be the top two targets turning their backs on Newcastle.
We had already seen long time United target Bafetimbi Gomis sign for Swansea, then this morning it was Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s turn, the German forward signing for Hamburg who only avoided relegation on the last day of the season in August.
The day though gets worse, as speaking to French publication Le Parisien, agent David Venditelli has made clear that clubs such as Newcastle are wasting their time trying to sign Alexandre Lacazette, as the player is only interested in signing for a club that’s competing in, or close to, Champions League.
“Some English clubs rush to the scene but if Alexandre leaves, it will be to a club that plays in the Champions League – or at least a club that is very close to competing there.”
The player himself has recently strongly hinted that he may be leaving Lyon this summer, and indeed it may be a case of his club being forced to sell due to Lyon’s financial situation, just [intlink id=”44540″ type=”post”]as in the case of Clement Grenier[/intlink].
“If I can continue to progress and achieve my personal objectives with Lyon, but you never know what is going to happen, is there a danger of me leaving too early?
“You have to take risks in life…leave too early, or too late, at one point or another you have to leave. Only afterwards can you see whether the choice was good or not.”
It is all very well to speculate on which players Newcastle should and shouldn’t buy, but the other side of the equation is looking at exactly what United have to offer a potential signing?
If other clubs are offering at least the same wages then what have NUFC got to offer them? This is where the stupidity of the summer of 2012 shines through, if Newcastle had made even just three much needed signings then there would have been every chance of following up that fifth place finish and cementing our place in the top six or seven.
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Instead there was no net investment on players and only chaos, departing players and a relegation battle to follow.
You buy when you are strong and not when you are desperate, now we are all suffering that cause and effect.
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