Alan Pardew’s hopes of bringing another striker to St James’ Park before the close of the summer transfer window have been seriously dented after Lyon rejected an improved offer for Alexandre Lacazette.
The Magpies have long been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, who impressed for the Ligue 1 club last term, scoring 15 goals in 36 top-flight appearances for the French side.
However, the Toon have so far had their advances rebuffed by Lyon, who appear keen to hold on to the young striker for another season.
Newly-appointment manager Hubert Fournier has set his sights on helping Lyon qualify for the Champions League this term, although his efforts have been so far undone by poor performances on the pitch and player unrest off it.
The Magpies had hoped to use these two factors to their advantage, with the club’s board sanctioning a blockbuster bid for the France international.
But, according to reports from the continent on Sunday, that bid has failed with Lyon standing firm on their stance, claiming that Lacazette is simply not for sale.
That rejection leaves Newcastle facing a race against time to bring in a new forward, having already been rejected by Loic Remy, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle.
Whether this latest twist will be enough to see the Magpies look elsewhere for a new forward, or alternatively increase their offer, remains to be seen.
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