Lyon owner speaks on future of £16m Newcastle transfer target

Alexandre Lacazette

Pursued by the Magpies throughout the transfer window, Lyon chairman and owner Jean-Michel Aulas has spoken on the future of Alexandre Lacazette.

Newcastle United could be priced out of any future move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette after Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that plans were in place to offer the 23-year-old a contract extension with improved terms.

The Magpies were ultimately left frustrated in their pursuit of the young Frenchman, having reportedly offered as much as £16 million in an attempt to prise the forward away from Stade de Gerland over the summer.

Lacazette enjoyed something of a breakthrough season for Les Gones last term, scoring 22 goals in all competitions for the club to catch the eye of the Toon.

And while Newcastle ultimately failed in their pursuit of the striker, it was widely assumed that the Premier League side would return with another bid come January.

However they could soon find the price tag attached to the Lyon striker has increased, with the Ligue 1 side reportedly preparing to offer the forward a new contract.

Speaking in a press conference earlier today, Aulas confirmed that plans were in place to offer the young star an improved deal.

"There is also an agreement with Alexandre Lacazette for a contract extension of two year,” he told the club’s official website.

Any improved deal could even contain a substantial release clause and with Newcastle previously hesitant to splash significant funds on any player, the new deal could ultimately price them out of a move for the forward.

Lacazette is currently on international duty with France, having been called up by Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps ahead of a friendly encounter with Spain on Thursday.

The 23-year-old previously missed out on a place in the squad for the World Cup in Brazil, with Deschamps opting to instead take former Newcastle loan-star and Chelsea new boy Loic Remy.

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