Newcastle United are considering a move for Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette in the January transfer window.
The Magpies have been linked to several high profile players across Europe following their recent takeover by wealthy new owners from Saudi Arabia. The main goal of the Saudi owners is to sign a marquee player who will initially become the face of their big project as they cannot make significant investments right away in their first transfer window in January.
One of those high profile players Newcastle United are targeting is Alexandre Lacazette, who is at the Emirates Stadium in his final year of his contract and doesn’t look like signing an extension. The 30-year-old Frenchman has limited first-team chances at Arsenal this season and has only played two Premier League games so far.
The 30-year-old forward still plays second fiddle behind Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and after a slow single start to the season there is an acceptance within the club that Lacazette is not interested in writing fresher terms. With Newcastle interested, Arsenal can redeem him in January instead of losing on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Newcastle United urgently needs reinforcements
With no wins in their first seven games and staggering in the relegation zone, Newcastle is in trouble at the moment and it goes without saying that the new owners have decided to fire manager Steve Bruce. From today’s perspective, it seems like a way into a new era and a fresh start for the Magpies hierarchy to fire Bruce after a sad start to the new top division season.
Anyone who succeeds Bruce at St James’ Park will have to address a few key issues in January to help the club avoid relegation. To that end, increasing attack options during the mid-season trading period could prove to be a smart business and someone like Alexandre Lacazette, who scored 50 goals in 150 Premier League games for Arsenal, is sure to be spot on.
With Callum Wilson, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin in the ranks, the Toon Army certainly has no shortage of attack options right now, but it’s important to note that the five players are only 8. have shared goals including in seven games so far.
Wilson started the season well with two goals in three games, but has been out since the end of August with a hamstring injury. Gayle has been marginalized this season when it comes to his involvement in Newcastle’s starting XI in the league, while Joelinton has yet to repay Steve Bruce’s confidence in his ability with a goal.
Alexandre Lacazette would be a smart addition to the Magpies roster
Alexandre Lacazette was never a productive goalscorer for the Gunners, but did well in the 2020/21 season with 17 goals in 43 games in all competitions so far this season.
The France international is a hard working, persistent striker who comes to life in the penalty area. He has a decent pace, can fall deep to connect the game and come off crosses at the end to score goals. The former Lyon star can be a devastating player if he has time and space on the ball in and around the penalty area.
So a deal for a striker with proven Premier League parentage and likely a low-budget deal in January would still be a real coup that could change Newcastle United’s fortunes in the second half of the season, when all a single point will weigh in gold.
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