Yanga-Mbiwa key to Newcastle bid for £10m World Cup absentee

Alexandre Lacazette

Having failed to make France’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette is set for a move with Newcastle United among those interested.

Newcastle United have a battle on their hands if they are to succeed if bringing promising French youngster Alexandre Lacazette to the club though, but they could have an important bargaining chip in the form of out-of-favour defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

The Toon have long been linked with a move for the Olympique Lyonnais star who missed out on a place in Didier Deschamps France squad, with Loic Remy recruited to the 23-man party in place of the 23-year-old.

That decision represented a real blow to Lacazette who had hoped to make the plane to Brazil having impressed with Lyon last term, scoring 23 goals in all competitions.

Lyon manager Remi Garde had been confident of the forward making the squad too, telling reporters back in April that Deschamps “relies on Alexandre Lacazette.”

“He didn't give me the list of players for the World Cup, but he confirmed that he relies on him,” he added.

But with the striker failing to make the cut and influential coach Garde now departed from the club, a move away from Lyon looks likely, with Newcastle among those keen to recruit the Frenchman.

They face some stiff competition though in the form of Liverpool who are looking to goalscoring alternatives following the four-month suspension handed out to Luis Suarez.

The Magpies may have one bargaining chip up their sleeve though in the form of Yanga-Mbiwa, who has been linked with a loan move away from the club to Racing Club Lens.

Though Lyon are likely to baulk at the Toon defender’s reportedly high wage demands, a deal could be struck whereby the defender joins the Ligue 1 side on loan, with Newcastle paying part of his wages.

This offer would go on top of the £10 million fee the French side want for Lacazette and could give the Magpies a significant advantage over transfer rivals Liverpool.

And with Yanga-Mbiwa keen on a return to France, it could solve more than a few problems for Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley.

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