Mike Ashley may be forced to put his money where his mouth is at Newcastle United after Olympique Lyonnais reportedly slapped at £16 million price tag on star striker Alexandre Lacazette.
And it’s a valuation that could see the Magpies end their interest in fellow French star Loic Remy, who continues to be linked with a permanent switch to St James’ Park.
Currently on the books at Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle would most likely be expected to table a offer in the region of £10 million for the 27-year-old who featured for France at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
But in a unique twist the Toon could instead focus their efforts on the man Remy beat to place in Didier Deschamps’ Bleus squad, Lacazette.
The 23-year-old racked up an impressive 23 goals for Lyon in all competitions last term but was nevertheless overlooked in favour of Remy, who enjoyed a similarly prolific campaign on Tyneside, scoring 14 goals in the Premier League for Newcastle.
However those roles could now be reversed at club level should the Toon pursue a deal for Lacazette after Lyon valued the player at £16 million.
Any move for the youngster would surely all but rule out Remy’s return to the club, with Mike Ashley unlikely to give the green light to two big money moves for two players in the same position.
And if the Magpies are keen to maintain their policy of buying players from the continent and selling them on at a profit, then Lacazette must be the preferred choice given the potential he possesses.
A product of Lyon’s highly-regarded youth academy, the 23-year-old may not be the only Stade de Gerland resident to be heading to the Premier League with midfielder Clement Grenier also believed to be keen on a move away – provided the price and the club involved are both deemed satisfactory.
Who should Newcastle prioritize? Remy or Lacazette? Check out this video of the Lyon youngster below and decide for yourself.