Why are Newcastle not looking at Dario Cvitanich?

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Dario Cvitanich has already announced he will not be signing a new deal at Nice, so should Newcastle weigh in with a January bid for the striker?

Alexandre Lacazette may well have added a couple of extra million Euros to his price tag this week, after scoring what could yet be a priceless last-gasp winner for Lyon against Reims to keep Les Gones in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

And while the form of the 23-year-old is good news for Lyon and French football as a whole, in a perverse way it’s bad news for Newcastle United.

The Toon have long been pursuing a deal for Lacazette with the club rumoured to have tabled a late £18 million bid for the France international in the final hours of the January transfer window.

A tally of 12 goals in just 17 outings so far this term may have gone some way to justifying the hype, but the Frenchman nevertheless represents an expensive gamble for the Magpies and one that club owner Mike Ashley may not be willing to take.

Because, for all the fanfare surrounding the prolific Ligue 1 marksman, there is another striker in the same division with a goalscoring record to match and a price tag likely to be a fraction of what Lyon will expect for their man.

Dario Cvitanich is no budding talent – at 30 years of age the Argentine is at the peak of his powers, having enjoyed a successful three year spell in France with Nice.

Once on the books at Ajax, the former Banfield and Boca Juniors striker is undoubtedly talented, with a move back to Europe in 2012 allowing the Bueno Aires-born star to enjoy the kind of Indian Summer not seen since the days of Dion Dublin at Coventry and Aston Villa.

In 73 outings for Nice, many of which have come as a substitute, Cvitanich has scored 35 goals and has a goals to games ratio of just over one in every two top-flight appearances for The Eaglets to date.

A torn calf muscle has kept him out for much of the current campaign, but once fit again, the striker will be on the lookout for another club, having signalled his intention to depart Nice last month.

"I am profiting from my last months at OGC Nice, a very important club in my heart. The fact that I haven’t had a contract extension offer up until now, means that it won’t be coming in the future.

"This situation does not worry me, even if it is in my head now," he said, in quotes translated by Get French Football News.

As such he is likely to be available for a cut-price fee come January, as Nice are likely to favour selling the striker rather than allowing him to leave for nothing.

And with Newcastle United still on the lookout for a striker, the affordable Argentine is definitely worth a look.

A classy finisher throughout his time in France, he could just be the man to add the final touch to Magpies’ ever-improving season.

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