Newcastle United have reportedly made a €25 million offer for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to L’Equipe.
The Magpies have been searching for a striker in the January transfer window, with Lacazette’s fellow Frenchman and ex-Newcastle man Loic Remy also being linked with a return to St. James’ Park in the past couple of days.
And the club reportedly sent two representatives to France last week to negotiate a fee for the French international and received a mixed response to their offer.
Although reluctant, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas did not slam the door shut on the deal immediately and even seemed to be ready to begin negotiations for the sale of the 24-year-old.
However, when Lacazette was notified of the offer made by Newcastle, he rejected it out of hand. The striker feels that a move to Tyneside could jeopardise his chances of making France’s squad for Euro 2016.
Lacazette was also concerned by the Magpies’ record with French signings, most notably Hatem Ben Arfa and Florian Thauvin. Ideally, the 24-year-old would like to leave Lyon after the Euros, preferably to a club that will offer him regular Champions League football.
Newcastle certainly have the financial capability to increase their offer and persuade Les Gones into selling Lacazette, but it is unlikely that the player will be tempted to move to Tyneside this month unless the Magpies offer a huge pay package.
Lacazette had a breakout season at Lyon last season, finishing as the top scorer in Ligue 1 with 27 goals, but he hasn’t hit the same heights this season, only scoring six goals in 15 appearances as his side sit ninth in Ligue 1.